WASHINGTON — Connecticut lawmakers at the U.S.-Mexico border this weekend said they were moved, and even shocked, by what they saw up close as the effect of the Trump administration’s immigration policy. “It was worse than we ever thought,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District.
One story was the gravitational center of the news universe last week and will likely continue to be a political lightening rod: the Trump Administration’s separation of immigrant children from their undocumented parents at the border.
A ProPublica analysis of data on more than 40,000 civil rights cases has found that, under Secretary Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Department of Education has closed more than 1,200 civil rights investigations that were begun under the Obama administration and lasted at least six months. The cases were closed without any findings of wrongdoing or corrective action, often due to insufficient evidence.
WASHINGTON – After a day visiting immigration facilities at the Texas border Friday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said “there is no plan, there is no strategy” to reunify immigrant kids who have been separated from their undocumented parents. Others say it will be difficult, for a number of reasons, for migrant kids to rejoin their parents.
The state AFL-CIO rejected convention-endorsed Democrats in two high-profile primaries Friday by backing political newcomers with strong union ties: Eva Bermudez Zimmerman for lieutenant governor and Jahana Hayes for the open 5th Congressional District seat.
The Trump administration and its handling of immigrant children continued Wednesday to creep into Connecticut politics as Paul Doyle, a Democratic candidate for attorney general, urged the state’s three law schools to offer legal aid to immigrants facing deportation. Continue Reading →
The Trump administration has detained 2,322 children 12 years old or younger amid its border crackdown, a Department of Health and Human Services official told Kaiser Health News on Wednesday. They represent almost 20 percent of the immigrant children currently held by the U.S. government in the wake of its latest immigrant prosecution policy. Continue Reading →
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy cautioned his fellow Democrats in the legislature Wednesday that pressing bills restricting the state bailout of Hartford and the governor’s authority over education aid could inflame urban voters at the wrong time. Continue Reading →
The State Elections Enforcement Commission approved public financing grants Wednesday for Republicans Mark Boughton and Timothy Herbst, two of the three gubernatorial candidates participating in the voluntary Citizens’ Election Program in 2018. The third, Steve Obsitnik, will have to try again next week for a fifth time. Continue Reading →
Don’t look for Sue Hatfield to sign onto letters attacking Donald Trump if she becomes Connecticut’s next attorney general, even when some of her fellow Republicans criticize him for separating parents and children at the border. Continue Reading →
Steve Obsitnik’s campaign for governor will go before the State Elections Enforcement Commission on Wednesday morning to make its fourth try since May 23 for approval of $1.35 million in public financing for his Republican primary in August. Two GOP competitors, Mark Boughton and Timothy Herbst, also are on the agenda again. Continue Reading →
Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim, a Democrat trying to overcome a corruption conviction, and Republican David Stemerman, a hedge fund manager new to politics, each qualified Tuesday for gubernatorial primaries on Aug. 14, giving Democrats at least a two-way contest and guaranteeing the GOP a five-way race. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – A House Republican immigration bill adopts a new tactic to punish “sanctuary” cities and states – making it easier to sue them. The legislation aims to punish states like Connecticut that fail to respond to some requests from federal immigration authorities to hold prisoners past their release date so they can be picked up and deported. Continue Reading →
The leader of the University of Connecticut’s fundraising arm for the past five years will leave his post in mid-August to return to an executive fundraising post tied to Emory University in Atlanta. Continue Reading →