After the Trump administration took the handcuffs off and moved to restore law and order in this country via policies that empower law enforcement to actually enforce the laws on the books, Connecticut’s governor thumbed his nose at the rule of law.
The Democrat governor reportedly told state and local law enforcement officers that they don’t have to comply with the policies put forward by the Trump administration in regard to immigration enforcement.
The Hill reported:
In a memo to state law enforcement and school district officials Wednesday, Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) said Connecticut officials should not detain anyone solely on the basis of their immigration status. Federal immigration detainer requests do not constitute orders or warrants, Malloy’s memo says.
Law enforcement officials should not give federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers access to individuals in state or local jails, Malloy’s office added.
“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,” a statement from Malloy read.
Connecticut is one of a few states that has decided to flout federal law as a so-called sanctuary state for illegal immigrants.
The Hill reported:
A state law passed in 2013 requires law enforcement agencies to detain an individual for breaking immigration laws if they have been convicted of a felony, are a known gang member, are on a federal terrorism watch list or face criminal charges and have not posted bond.
In a memo to state school districts, Malloy’s office urged education officials to develop a plan in the event that immigration agents show up at schools. Malloy said he expected the Trump administration to adhere to the same guidelines as the Obama administration, which put schools, courthouses and other “sensitive locations” off limits to immigration enforcement actions.
One provision of the new immigration guidelines, issued Tuesday, directs the Department of Homeland Security and immigration enforcement agencies to enlist local law enforcement agencies in efforts to enforce federal immigration law. There is no federal law requiring local agencies to adhere to those guidelines.
Time to cut off federal funding to Connecticut …
It would be bad enough if these so-called sanctuary cities and states were able to ensure that these illegal immigrants stayed in their state (still sucking up taxpayer resources they have no right to, however), but that’s not the case.
Perhaps in addition to losing federal funding, these leftist politicians should have to put their money where their mouths are and be held accountable for any crimes these illegals commit should they head over to another state or city that isn’t a “sanctuary,” and maybe even within that state or city.
That’s the problem with these places that flout the law: it isn’t just their areas that are affected by the choice, not to mention the people that live there who don’t agree with it either.