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Senate fails to protect ‘dreamers’

WASHINGTON — Congress proved it is as stalemated on immigration as it is on gun control Thursday, as the Senate failed to advance any of three bills that would protect young immigrants known as “dreamers” from deportation. Sen. Chris Murphy blamed his Republican colleagues for the failure to prevent a looming immigration crisis. 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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Most CT lawmakers opposed bill that reopened government

WASHINGTON — Saying the deal was not good for Connecticut, most Connecticut lawmakers on Monday voted against a short-term spending bill that will reopen the government. The Connecticut Democrats who opposed the CR said it failed to fund programs important to the state and to protect young undocumented immigrants known as “dreamers.” But it did authorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as HUSKY B in Connecticut, for six years. Continue Reading →

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Budget impasse hurts CT defense industry, young immigrants, others

WASHINGTON — Whether, and how, Congress comes to an agreement on a massive spending bill to fund the federal government will impact Connecticut in several ways. The health of the state’s defense industry, as well as that of thousands of Connecticut children, and the fate of immigrant youth and the Affordable Care Act are at stake. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers vote against funding bill they say falls short

WASHINGTON — With the clock ticking toward a government shutdown, the U.S. House and Senate on Thursday approved a short-term spending bill  that may give temporary relief to thousands of Connecticut families who have been notified that health coverage for their children will soon end. But Connecticut’s lawmakers voted against the bill because it fails to provide relief from deportation for immigrant youth or long-term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program or community health center grants. Continue Reading →

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CT Dreamers seeking commitment stage sit-in at Murphy’s office

WASHINGTON — Eighteen young undocumented activists from Connecticut staged a sit-in at Sen. Chris Murphy’s Senate office Tuesday, demanding the Democratic lawmaker vote “no” on a must-pass budget bill this week if Congress fails to approve protection for the youths known as “dreamers.” Murphy said he could not make that commitment because it would deprive him of political leverage. Continue Reading →

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Immigrant youth press CT senators to become ‘dream heroes’

WASHINGTON —  Undocumented youth in Connecticut are asking the state’s U.S. senators to reject any federal budget bill that does not contain protections for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – or DACA program recipients. Both Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy support permanent protection for these youth, but they have not promised to reject a budget bill that would not provide that help. Continue Reading →

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Some ‘dreamers’ missing deadline to renew protection from deportation

WASHINGTON — Not all young, undocumented immigrants who were given protection from deportation by an Obama-era policy are going to meet an Oct. 5 deadline set by President Donald Trump for renewing their permission to live and work in the United States for another two years. The $495 filing fee may have been an obstacle for many. Continue Reading →

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GOP proposes a bill to help dreamers, but they say it falls short

WASHINGTON — Prodded by President Donald Trump to act to protect hundreds of thousands of immigrant youth from deportation, two conservative Republicans on Monday introduced a bill to do so. But Connecticut ‘dreamers’ and their advocates say the effort falls short. Continue Reading →

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CT ‘dreamers’ warily watch Congress on DACA legislation

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has boosted the chance for permanent protection from deportation for 10,000 undocumented youth in Connecticut, but those youth are still wary because their future depends on a fractured Congress. Continue Reading →

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A Connecticut ‘dreamer,’ committed to the fight, will not return to the shadows

Lucas Codognolla was born in Brazil, grew up as an average American child in Connecticut and is a UConn grad. But President Donald Trump has put his future and that of other undocumented young people in this country on shaky ground. In this Sunday conversation, we talk to him about how he’s handling the end of DACA, a program that has shielded 800,000 undocumented youth from deportation.
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