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State further restricts police cooperation on immigration

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut is further limiting local law enforcement's cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The measures were recently passed by the legislature and reduce the instances in which local law enforcement can detain an immigrant without a warrant.

Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont has said he will sign the bills.

The sponsor is state Rep. Steve Stafstrom, a Democrat from Bridgeport. He says the measures will give Connecticut one of the more restrictive policies on when local and state law enforcement will cooperate with ICE.

Critics say the legislation will make it more difficult for police to do their job and compromise public safety.

The measures come several years after the state adopted ground rules for when police are allowed to detain immigrants on behalf of ICE.


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