Immigration

Feds Keep Deporting Immigrants Despite Local Policies

Oh, but this administration is much easier on border policy

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Mexican immigrant Josemaria Islas finally settled a misdemeanor charge against him, only to find himself in federal custody and headed for possible deportation—exactly the situation that Gov. Dannel Malloy's immigrant-arrest policy was meant to avoid.

Following Malloy's direction, the state Department of Corrections (DOC) in April instituted a new procedure to handle requests under federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) "Secure Communities" program, which seeks to deport undocumented immigrants who are arrested by local police. The new DOC protocol states that ICE requests to detain arrested immigrants would be honored only if the person met one of several criteria, including being a convicted felon, a known gang member, or on a terrorist watch list.

In other words, Dan Malloy's Connecticut wouldn't help the feds deport people like Josemaria Islas, a 34-year-old New Havener.

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  1. The illegal invader settled a misdemeanor only because he was too stupid to commit strong arm robbery. Good riddance. Maybe he will catch a cartel bullet next time he is trying to sneak across the border.

  2. It’s almost like it was the Federal government’s job to protect national borders or something.

  3. “like Josemaria Islas, a 34-year-old New Havener”

    I hate, HATE heartwarming human interest stories. What is this, NPR?
    I don’t even have to read the link….let me guess, she overcame huge obstacles and everyone in her town knows and loves her, perhaps there is an anecdote about her baking cookies for the postman for authentic emotional resonance. But now the meanie government with it’s annoying laws about immigration that are actually more relaxed than her native country wants to cruelly enforce the laws instead of letting their icy hearts melt by her warm and sympathetic demeanor. I’m sorry, I think laws should be applied consistently…even if the law breakers are brave and likable.

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