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GOP immigration bill would allow lawsuits against ‘sanctuaries’ like Connecticut

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 →

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House set to vote on GOP immigration bills that CT Dems are likely to oppose

WASHINGTON– The U.S. House plans to vote on two immigration bills this week aimed at helping young immigrants known as “dreamers” and ending the practice of separating children at the border from their undocumented parents.. But there’s no guarantee either bill will pass, and neither is expected to win the support of Connecticut’s Democratic U.S. House members. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers help pass massive spending bill

Updated at 12:55 a.m. Friday
WASHINGTON — Connecticut’s entire congressional delegation voted for a massive, $1.3 trillion federal budget bill that will provide the state with millions of additional dollars for education, health care and transportation and boost production in the state’s defense industry. Continue Reading →

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Massive spending plan boosts defense, includes Murphy’s gun bill

Updated at 10:48 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Congress late Wednesday reached final agreement on a massive spending bill that will boost spending on both defense and domestic programs and also make a number of policy changes, including some to federal gun laws. But the nation’s “Dreamers” are among the losers. Continue Reading →

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Despite shutdown deal’s promise, CT immigrant youth still in limbo

WASHINGTON — A deal that ended the brief government shutdown included a promise to hasten a debate in Congress over immigration, but good intentions have run into political realities that are putting the fate of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants in Connecticut in doubt. Continue Reading →

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Congress faces choice of budget deal or federal shutdown

WASHINGTON — When Congress returns from its two-week recess next week it will have just days to approve a bill that would fund the federal budget and prevent a government shutdown that would affect a broad swath of Connecticut residents – from Head Start students to workers in the state’s defense industry. Continue Reading →

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DeLauro at the border: Trump’s immigration plans ‘inhumane, anti-American’

WASHINGTON – Rep. Rosa DeLauro traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border Monday to slam President Trump on his plans to crack down on undocumented immigrants — measures he is expected to move forward on this week through the signing of new executive orders. “A policy that separates families is an inhumane policy,” DeLauro said. Continue Reading →

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CT immigrants fear Trump-led backlash

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s policies on immigration are roiling the immigrant community in Connecticut, as they are across the nation. “Right now people don’t know what to expect,” said Carolina Bortolleto, an immigrant activist. “Everybody in the [immigrant] community feels things are dangerous and are scared.”
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