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Lamont says he’ll sign bills updating state immigration law

Undocumented immigrants wait in a holding cell at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), processing center on April 11, 2018 at the U.S. Federal Building in lower Manhattan, New York City. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

HARTFORD — Gov. Ned Lamont says he’ll sign legislation limiting when Connecticut law enforcement can hold individuals sought by federal immigration officials.

The Democrat said Friday that “passing on the responsibilities of the federal government to local law enforcement” stretches resources and shifts attention from protecting local communities.

The changes to Connecticut’s Trust Act received final legislative approval Thursday.

Among other things, the bills prevent law enforcement from detaining someone on a civil immigration detainer unless it’s accompanied by a warrant signed by a judge; the person is guilty of a serious felony; or the person is on a terrorist watch list.

The legislation also requires law enforcement to inform an individual when Immigration and Customs Enforcement has requested their detention.

Opponents say they fear Connecticut is becoming a so-called sanctuary state.

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