East Haven

Sanctuary Cities Stand Firm Despite Threats To Funding

Mar 29, 2017
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Leaders of sanctuary cities around the region say a new threat by Attorney General Jeff Sessions won't change their immigration policies. 

The term “sanctuary city' is more political than legal. It's used to describe communities with a range of local ordinances.

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East Haven, Connecticut, recently appeared on a federal list of cities and towns that have refused to work with immigration agents to deport undocumented residents. President Trump has threatened to withhold federal funds from those cities and towns. But East Haven is on the list because it’s obeying a federal order issued under President Barack Obama.

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Shoreline Trolley Museum manager Wayne Sanford stepped onto a PATH train car recovered from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

“Here it is,” he said. “It survived.”

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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is bringing her national community policing tour to Connecticut, where she will highlight efforts by East Haven police to improve ties with local residents after a federal probe found a pattern of discrimination and bias against Latinos by town officers.

Lynch is scheduled to visit the East Haven Police Department on Tuesday to thank officers for their service. She also is slated to meet separately with young people to discuss their interactions with police.

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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday the town of East Haven has done a good job repairing the relationship between the town’s Latino community and its police. She was visiting East Haven on a national tour of cities and towns where police officers have improved their relationships with the communities they serve. 

In 2012, four East Haven police officers were arrested on federal charges for violating Latinos’ civil rights. They received prison sentences of four months to five years. 

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