Advocates identify flaw, call for greater trust in Trust Act

Alok Bhatt outside the governor’s office . (Christine Stuart photo)
Alok Bhatt outside the governor’s office .
(Christine Stuart photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Members of the Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance dropped off a letter Thursday at Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s capitol office to call attention to a “flaw” in the Correction Department’s policy on Immigration and Custom Enforcement detainer requests.

The policy paper argues that the Correction Department has discretion to release undocumented immigrants, if they pose no risk to public safety, Alok Bhatt, a legislative analyst for the Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission, said Thursday.

The General Assembly passed the Trust Act in 2013, which prohibited law enforcement officers and the Correction Department from honoring certain immigration detainers under certain circumstances. However, the law did not apply to every situation.

Law enforcement can hold undocumented immigrants on ICE detainers if they are convicted felons, have previous deportation orders, or are on a watch list.

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2 responses to “Advocates identify flaw, call for greater trust in Trust Act”

  1. Oldtimer

    Are they saying that a state agency, Corrections, has the legal authority to over-rule a Federal agency, Immigration & Customs Enforcement ? Is it possible that the CT legislature passed a law purporting to give them the authority to ignore Federal detainment orders in some cases ? How is that possible ? What’s next, will local lockups feel free to release Federal prisoners they are holding for the FBI, DEA, or IRS ? It sounds like the guiding factor could be the local desk officer’s judgment on the seriousness of the Federal crime without any real information beyond a Federal request to hold. Federal prisoners are frequently charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution when the state charges in some other state are very serious felonies.

  2. Oldtimer

    The phrase about “lunatics running the asylum” comes to mind.

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