Connecticut has finally received its 2017 federal policing money, but future grants are embroiled in legal fights over immigration.
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.
CT questions Sessions over ‘sanctuary city’ policing grant ban
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen on Tuesday asked U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to clarify new rules requiring that those seeking federal policing money certify they are cooperating with federal immigration authorities. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy also have written Sessions over his policy of cracking down on “sanctuary” cities and states by withholding federal law enforcement funds.
U.S. House takes aim at ‘sanctuaries’ like Connecticut
WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives, on largely party-line votes, approved two bills Thursday aimed at tightening immigration enforcement and stripping local jurisdictions of federal policing money if they don’t fully cooperate with immigration authorities.
Immigrant advocates say CT didn’t act to help undocumented at ‘crucial’ time
WASHINGTON — With a federal crackdown on the undocumented underway, Connecticut’s immigrant advocates who were hoping for help from Democratic state lawmakers are bitterly disappointed legislators failed to provide any new protections.
Trump budget makes another attempt to target ‘sanctuaries’
WASHINGTON — Tucked into the massive $4.4 trillion budget President Donald Trump released this week is the administration’s latest attempt to punish cities and states, like Connecticut, that it considers “sanctuaries,” a move the Malloy administration and others say is unconstitutional.
Despite immigrant-friendly stance, CT shares information with ICE
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WASHINGTON — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s confidence that Connecticut won’t be subject to Trump administration punishment of “sanctuary” cities and states is based on its policy of information-sharing with federal immigration authorities.
Sessions threat on immigration could cost CT millions in federal grants
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday threatened to strip states and cities that do not cooperate completely with a federal immigration law of Justice Department local law enforcement grants, which could put millions of dollars received by Connecticut and several cities in the state at risk.
Hartford, East Haven listed in first DHS report of cities limiting cooperation with ICE
WASHINGTON — Connecticut is hardly mentioned in the Department of Homeland Security’s first list of law enforcement agencies that fail to hold jailed immigrants beyond their release dates for federal authorities. But the DHS did list Hartford and East Haven as cities which limit cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Spicer: Malloy ignores the law with his immigration policy
WASHINGTON – White House press secretary Sean Spicer took aim at Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Thursday, saying the governor “chooses not to follow the duly-passed laws of this nation” in telling the state’s police forces they don’t have to cooperate with the Trump administration’s new push to increase deportations of undocumented immigrants. Malloy’s spokeperson shot back that, “‘Mr. Spicer and the administration would benefit from a Civics 101 refresher.”
Malloy, advocates react to Trump immigrant crackdown
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants has ratcheted up fear in that community and prompted Gov. Dannel Malloy to issue guidance to the state’s schools and law enforcement agencies on how to handle the new directives from Washington. “We’ve gotten a ton of calls from worried clients,” said Aleksandr Troyb, the chairman of the Connecticut chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Feds, state clash: Does new state immigrant policy pose public safety risk?
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency blasted a new state policy on when Connecticut’s prisons will detain undocumented immigrants, saying it poses a risk to public safety and could release dangerous criminals into the community. The Malloy administration disagreed.