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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. Continue Reading →

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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. Continue Reading →

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Barrios’ deportation case one of many in CT

WASHINGTON — The case of Luis Barrios, a Guatemalan native who faces deportation after decades of living in Derby and forming a family in the United States, has captured the sympathy of his neighbors and key federal lawmakers, who have intervened to try to keep him in the United States. But his case is not unique. Many immigrants like Barrios who were not in danger of deportation now may be. Continue Reading →

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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. Continue Reading →

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When the kids are American, and the parents face deportation

Connecticut opened an outreach campaign Wednesday to undocumented immigrants in the state who are the parents of an estimated 22,000 American-born children, urging them to select a “standby guardian” in the event they are detained or deported. If 10 percent of them ended up in state care, the cost would be $60 million. 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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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.” 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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Protesters block Hartford’s Main Street over immigration ruling

Just days after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling invalidated a White House plan to protect millions of immigrants living in the United States from deportation, more than 150 protesters gathered Monday afternoon outside the state’s federal immigration enforcement office in Hartford and blocked a portion of Main Street. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal, Himes sponsor new bill to combat human trafficking

WASHINGTON – After Shandra Woworuntu lost her job as a manager of a bank in Indonesia, she responded to an employment ad she thought would offer her a new life in the United States . But instead of a job, she found herself ensnared by sex traffickers who sold her in New York and Connecticut for the next three years. Continue Reading →

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