NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy has
signed a law setting limits on turning over immigrants to federal authorities for possible deportation.
Connecticut authorities will only honor requests to detain immigrants who have felony convictions, belong to a gang, show up on a terrorist watch list, are subject to a deportation order or meet other safety risks.
Supporters say Connecticut is the first state to adopt such a law since a federal program was enacted sharing arrestee fingerprints with immigration authorities. They say the law was needed to ensure immigrants cooperate with police without fear they will be turned over to immigration authorities.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say the agency focuses on convicted criminals and other public safety threats and that the federal government sets the priorities.
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