Connecticut Officials Wary Of Federal Immigration Program

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP and WTIC-AM Staff) _ Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is responding cautiously to federal requests for information enforcing U.S. immigration laws.

The federal government is launching its Secure Communities program in Connecticut Wednesday. The program uses fingerprints collected in local jails to identify illegal immigrants who have been arrested.

Mike Lawlor, Under Secretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning, said in a statement Monday that Malloy believes the program converts local law enforcement officers into U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

He says victims and witnesses in the immigrant community could be reluctant to cooperate with local and state law enforcement.

Meanwhile, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano said the program should be delayed.

“ICE’s administration of the program has shown that almost everyone they pick up, have either no criminal record, or minor criminal offenses like writing a bad check,” DeStefano said.

This program will diminish our community policing strategy, and make New Haven a less safe place,” DeStefano said.  “We are asking that ICE reform the program.”

DeStefano said the federal program could make undocumented people reluctant to come forward if they are the victims of crime

Malloy has asked the Department of Correction commissioner to review how the program is working and that decisions responding to each request will be made on a case-by-case basis.

  • Louie

    Is DeStephano or Malloy the bigger fool. They are just looking for the ‘illegal’ votes. What a sham.

  • American

    So I guess these idiot policians think its OK for illegals to commit as many “minor” crimes as they like. What a crock. Just how many laws are they allowed to get away with before the get deported? Any cop or politician who supports illegals need to lose thier jobs, as they are traitors to this country and its laws!

    • American 2

      None of us human being in this earth is illegals immigrants stupid Americans

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