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CT Dems ‘shocked’ about condition of immigrant detentions at border

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. Continue Reading →

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Reuniting immigrant kids with parents? Not so easy.

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. Continue Reading →

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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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Senate passes bill increasing oversight to stem abuse at Whiting

More than a year after the repeated, cruel abuse of a Whiting Forensic patient was captured on videotape, the state Senate approved a bill that would create an independent task force to oversee the maximum security psychiatric facility and would make staff there and other state behavioral health facilities subject to fines or even criminal charges if they fail to report abuse. Continue Reading →

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Trump review of national monuments includes New England Coral Canyons

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s latest executive order threatens newly won protections for an underwater national monument located 150 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. The president ordered a review of “national monuments,” including the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts area, an ecosystem in the deep waters for the Atlantic Ocean. Continue Reading →

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Trump, Murphy agree federal agencies should ‘buy American’

WASHINGTON — There’s at least one thing Sen. Chris Murphy, a frequent critic of Donald Trump, sees eye to eye on with the president – the need to close loopholes in laws that requires government agencies to “buy American.” Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order that encourages government agencies to give priority to American companies when awarding contracts. Continue Reading →

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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. Continue Reading →

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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. Continue Reading →

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CT Lawmakers press opposition to Trump travel ban

WASHINGTON – Connecticut lawmakers on Monday were on the front lines of Democratic opposition to President Trump’s executive order regarding Muslim immigrants, fashioning legislation and participating in protests aimed at derailing the new policy. Continue Reading →

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Texas Court delays, but doesn’t end, hopes for CT immigrant youths

WASHINGTON – Katia and Kiara Ruesta, 18-year-old twin sisters who live in Vernon and are undocumented, were on the verge of applying for provisional legal status before the ruling of a Texas judge put their hopes on hold. “I was kind of shocked; it was a huge surprise,” said Katia Ruesta, a student at Manchester Community College. Continue Reading →

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Obama to require CT federal contractors to disclose gender pay gaps

WASHINGTON – Continuing to use his executive authority to bypass a recalcitrant Congress, President Obama on Thursday proposed a new rule that would require federal contractors and subcontractors to disclose more information about pay to male and female employees. Continue Reading →

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