Malloy To Police Chiefs: Local Police Should Not Take Action Solely To Enforce Federal Immigration Law

News release from Governor Dan Malloy:

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and the commissioners of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, the Department of Correction, and the State Department of Education today announced that–in response to increasing concerns regarding the impact that a recent presidential executive order on immigration matters and corresponding implementation memos from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will have on the operations of local law enforcement and school districts–they are sending recommendations to every school superintendent and police chief in the state outlining suggested protocols to help these jurisdictions inform local decision making and communication efforts with families in their respective communities.

The recommendations includes, but are not limited to, the following:

Local law enforcement should not take action that is solely to enforce federal immigration law. The federal government cannot mandate states to investigate and enforce actions that have no nexus to the enforcement of Connecticut law or local ordinances.

ICE detainer requests are requests, they are not warrants or orders and this should only be honored as set forth in Connecticut law, unless accompanied by a judicial warrant.

Law enforcement should not provide access to individuals who are in law enforcement custody for purposes of questioning by ICE and any such request, as noted above, should be referred up the chain of command for evaluation.

If an ICE agent approaches a school asking for student information or for access to a student, that agent should be referred to the Superintendent’s Office or to the office of an appropriate administrator designated by the Superintendent.

The Governor explained that enforcement of these federal actions will likely result in a host of constituent concerns and legal questions that are thrust upon local communities, and with that in mind he is encouraging town and city officials to give due consideration into these matters so that a sound, comprehensive plan can be in place should these issues abruptly arise in their respective communities. Ultimately, local law enforcement agencies determine whether, and to what extent within the parameters of the Connecticut Trust Act, they assist the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) federal agency.

“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 impact 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,” Governor Malloy said.

“Above all, we are obligated to protect the rights afforded to all our residents and ensure that students attend safe, welcoming schools. The best approach for local communities is to have a plan in place so that everyone in our state, including young students, are supported respectfully and fairly under the laws of our state and our nation.”



  1. So I guess we can obey the laws we like and disregard the laws we don’t like.
    Malloy, are you going to go to the parents of someone killed by an illegal alien and apologize?
    Since you are so desperate to win reelection here is a fact for you and your staff. There are 12 Americans killed every day by illegal aliens. What about that?

  2. Andy, are you suggesting our police officers go door-to-door and do sweeps? If police officers pull folks over who look “foreign,” do you think that is not racial profiling?

    What kind of ideas do you have? You are a smart guy. What can be done that is not considered unconstitutional?

  3. Zena Lu, I would never suggest that police go door-to-door. I did say if someone is arrested for a crime he should be arrested and treated like any other person. When he is released from jail he should be deported. I am not in favor of racial profiling when it’s used to try to find an illegal.

  4. Oh Andy, give me a break with that garbage.
    Jihadists killed 94 Americans between 2005 and 2015, yet Americans with guns killed 301,797 Americans during the same time period. Americans are more afraid of terrorism than they are of guns despite the fact that guns are 3210 times more likely to kill them than a terrorist. Who’s apologizing to those people who are being killed by guns in Connecticut and in Bridgeport every day?

  5. Malloy made the statement with some of his appointed commissioners. Missing was a representative of the State Police, the Attorney General and others. Who prepared this statement?
    “Ultimately, local law enforcement agencies determine whether, and to what extent within the parameters of the Connecticut Trust Act, they assist the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) federal agency.” So Malloy makes a statement essentially saying not to cooperate with ICE, then covers his rear end by saying local law enforcement makes the call.

  6. Dan’s right on this one. Unless the Feds are looking for violent criminals or illegals with terrorist/drug dealer connections, we shouldn’t be too anxious to cooperate. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

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