Connecticut Governor Malloy Orders Cops to Ignore President Trump’s Immigration Orders

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy delivers his budget address to members of the house and senate inside the Hall of the House at the state Capitol in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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The Democrat Governor of Connecticut has ordered the state’s law enforcement officers to ignore President Donald J. Trump’s immigration orders and policies to the greatest extent possible.

Connecticut Governor, Dannel Malloy, sent a memo to law enforcement officials across the state laying out his guidelines for them to refuse compliance with federal immigration law on Wednesday. Among other provisions, the memo informed state officers not to detain anyone based on their immigration status. Malloy insisted that ICE detainer requests should not be treated as an official order or warrant for a suspected illegal alien’s detention.

Malloy went even farther saying that law enforcement personnel in the state should also refuse to allow federal immigration officials to have access to the illegal aliens in their custody, according to The Hill newspaper.

The governor’s order also urged schools to come up with a plan to deny ICE access to any students.

“Putting all opinions about this presidential executive order aside, its enforcement is going to have a local impact, especially given the constrained resources and financial impacts this will have on state and municipal budgets, which we already know are stretched to their limits, in addition to giving rise to serious concerns in affected communities,” Malloy said in a Wednesday statement.

The Nutmeg State is one of the few to proclaim its status as a “sanctuary” state. With the 2013 passage of the Connecticut Trust Act, the state limited the interaction local and state police agencies have with federal immigration officials and gives locals the opportunity to rebuff ICE officers in their attempt to enforce federal immigration laws.

Malloy’s order to the state’s police agencies is in response to Trump’s Executive Order on immigration and the subsequent implementation memos and orders from federal agencies. One of those orders concerned guidelines for local police agencies to work with federal officials to enforce federal immigration law.

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