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Update to Connecticut immigration law awaits House action

May 18, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s House of Representatives must decide whether to weigh in on the national immigration debate.

The Democratic-controlled Senate last week advanced a bill to the Democratic-controlled House for action that makes changes to Connecticut’s civil immigration detainer law. The proposal would prevent law enforcement officers from arresting or detaining someone on a civil immigration detainer unless it’s accompanied by a warrant signed by a judge.

The bill also places additional restrictions on law enforcement and what actions they can take when responding to detainers, and limits the circumstances for law enforcement to disclose confidential information to federal immigration authorities.

While immigrant rights groups say the bill rightly limits the power of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, some Republican senators questioned why the General Assembly was taking such a step.

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