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CT Dems pan Trump’s move to end separations, but keep immigrant kids in detention

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s reversal of his administration’s policy of separating immigrant families at the border was panned Wednesday by Connecticut Democrats and immigration advocates in the state. “Family separation cannot be replaced by family incarceration and imprisonment,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal. Continue Reading →

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Poll: Strong opposition to Trump policy of separating immigrant children from parents

WASHINGTON – Americans voters oppose the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents by a large margin — 66 to 27 percent —  a new Quinnipiac University poll shows. The same poll, released Monday, indicated American voters also support, 79 – 15 percent, allowing immigrants who were brought to the United States  as children, known as “dreamers,” to remain here and ultimately to apply for citizenship.    Continue Reading →

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Federal court considers Blumenthal v Trump case

WASHINGTON – A federal court on Thursday  heard arguments in a case brought by Sen. Richard Blumenthal and dozens of other Democratic lawmakers who claim President Donald Trump has violated the U.S. Constitution by failing to seek and obtain the consent of Congress before accepting benefits from foreign states.The Justice Department attorneys who represented Trump argued Congress doesn’t need a request from Trump and can vote to bar the president from accepting a foreign gift. Continue Reading →

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Lawlor sees progress in prison reform

Mike Lawlor has three goals for criminal justice reform in Connecticut: Reduce crime. Reduce spending. And restore the public’s confidence in the system. From his vantage point as a professional criminal justice reformer, Connecticut is well on its way to achieving all three. Lawlor, who has served as the state’s under secretary for criminal justice policy and planning since January 2011, laid out those three goals in an interview on the WNHH program “Criminal Justice Insider with Babz Rawls-Ivy and Jeff Grant.” He was Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s top deputy focused on finding alternatives to prison and addressing historic injustice in the system, a central goal of Malloy’s tenure cast as the “Second Chance society.” As Malloy’s controversial tenure nears its end, that effort is widely seen as his greatest success. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal v Trump to get its day in court

Washington – A federal court will hear a case this week spearheaded by Sen. Richard Blumenthal and joined by dozens of congressional Democrats that says President Donald Trump has violated the U.S. Constitution by failing to seek and obtain the consent of Congress before accepting benefits from foreign states. “The argument on Thursday will put to the test the argument that no one is above the law,” Blumenthal said. Continue Reading →

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DeVos tells Murphy she doesn’t think schools can call ICE on students

WASHINGTON – Under questioning by Sen. Chris Murphy on Tuesday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos reversed herself on whether a school can call Immigration and Customs Enforcement on students believed to be undocumented. “I don’t think they can,” she said. Continue Reading →

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In prison, ‘Reimagining Justice’ — and a governor’s legacy

CHESHIRE — In a century-old maximum security prison, a “60 Minutes” news crew recorded visitors mingling Wednesday among inmates and correction officers in a re-purposed cellblock,  participants in a criminal-justice experiment that seems destined to become the praised legacy of an unpopular governor, Dannel P. Malloy. Continue Reading →

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Newtown group asks Ryan for action as gun control heats up as campaign issue

The Newtown Action Alliance, a gun-control group formed after the  Sandy Hook shooting of December, has demanded House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., allow votes on dozens of gun control bills that run the gamut from an assault weapons ban to establishing federal funding research on gun violence. Continue Reading →

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Reforms to stem Whiting abuses head to the governor

Spurred by urgent demands that horrific abuse at Whiting Forensic never happen again, the state House of Representatives unanimously gave final approval to a series of reforms designed to increase oversight of the facility. The House vote was 148 to 0. Continue Reading →

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Legislators use calendar to kill a judge’s career

The House of Representatives stripped Superior Court Judge Jane B. Emons of her job Friday. There was no debate, no vote, no fingerprints. Her eight-year term expired at midnight, when Emons became the first judge in recent history — perhaps ever — forced from the bench in Connecticut by legislative inaction. Continue Reading →

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