Connecticut Governor Threatens to Sue Federal Government to Preserve Sanctuary Cities

hartford-connecticut-rotator-720x480Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy (D) announced his plan to sue the federal government if it withholds funding from any Connecticut city found to have a sanctuary policy. Sanctuary policies impede federal immigration enforcement by prohibiting state and local officials from cooperating with federal authorities, most often resulting in the release of deportable criminal aliens into local communities.  “We would protect our rights as a state to do that which we do [sic]to receive those benefits that we’re otherwise entitled to,” commented Governor Malloy.

Governor Malloy’s announcement was made in response to President-elect Trump’s platform on immigration enforcement. President-elect Trump has repeatedly supported conditioning federal funding on cities’ willingness to cooperate with federal immigration officials. During a campaign speech, Trump vowed to “end the sanctuary cities” and said those “that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars.” He blamed sanctuary policies for “so many needless deaths.” Trump’s positions on enforcement and promises to combat sanctuary cities are widely supported by voters.

Sanctuary policies undermine federal law and, if challenged, are likely to be ruled invalid. The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly held that state laws and policies are preempted when they conflict with federal law, as well as when they stand as an obstacle to the accomplishment and execution of the full purposes and objectives of Congress. Congress set priorities through the Immigration and Nationality Act to determine who may enter and remain in the United States. Sanctuary policies shield aliens from the administration of federal law, thereby frustrating the execution of the law as Congress intended. Additionally, federal law prohibits policies that impede cooperation between federal, state, and local officials when it comes to the sending, requesting, maintaining, or exchanging of information regarding immigration status with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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  1. avatar

    The so called Governor of Connecticut, who has been ruining Connecticut, will soon be in direct opposition to the federal government, it laws and regulations.

    This lawless communist Malloy, made statement ,he will not obey laws and regulations from the new administration and congress of USA, in terms of removing ILLEGAL aliens from Connecticut.
    Malloy said he will keep the ILLEGAL aliens in Connecticut, regardless of the laws of the US government. He said he will make the entire state a “Sanctuary State” where ILLEGAL aliens and criminals can hide and receive public assistance.

    Statistics show there are over 130,000 known ILLEGAL aliens in Connecticut receiving public assistance. The true figure is probably much higher.

    In my opinion, when the time comes, Malloy must be brought up on criminal federal charges, including sedition, if he continues to disobey the laws of the US government, incites disobedience to US laws and promotes anarchy.

    I expect the Republican Party and US Congress, have fine lawyers, that can bring charges, indict and remove this pariah from Connecticut.

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    I would like to start a class action lawsuit against the governor for failure to uphold and obey federal laws, and also failure to respect the Constitution of The United States of America. What he is doing and wants to do is aiding and abetting criminal activity, if I as and ordinary citizen did this I would be arrested and jailed. Any governor, mayor and or university president that does this should lose any and all federal funding and be subjected to prosecution.

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    Ligaya Fabian of 1631 El Camino Real #8 Tustin Ca 92780 submitted fake documents and paid money to obtain a driver’s license but the dmv found out and revoked the license. She jumpshipped her flight from Germany to Canada at lax to get here. She now has a green card.

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    All of these Mayors and Governors flapping their lips and spouting how they will protect the poor oppressed illegal aliens from the mean federal government are doing a great disservice to the illegal aliens.

    Right now instead of listening to empty promises from these career hacks the illegals should be getting their houses in order. Why wait for the immigration raid, first the illegals with the greatest probability of being deported should be lining up job and living prospects back in their homeland. Next they should be selling off their American assets before they voluntarily make the trip back home. If the illegal aliens wait for ICE to escort them back home they have a lot to lose. The government can seize assets such as trucks/cars etc. After the illegal is gone and no one is in America to pay the rent, I imagine the landlord will be forced to sell the belongings left behind to recoup the rent due.

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    In six months Governor Malloy will be kissing President Trump’s feet. This is Malloy’s shout out to his base and nothing more. Eventually the people on the coasts will realize that they don’t speak for America.

    These sanctuary cities have lured in untold numbers of illegal aliens. These illegal aliens receive government services that should be used only for American citizens. If President Trump sticks to his campaign promises there could be a dramatic effect on how the Congressional delegations are formed after the 2020 census. By some stroke of insanity illegal aliens are included in the census. With a little luck and millions of illegals sent home, maybe some states won’t see their Congressional delegation reduced after the 2020 census.

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    I can’t wait for Mr. Trump to shake you by your liberal ankles and empty your federal pockets!!!

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    The fact that the Ohio State attacker did not kill a lot of people was due to a combination of luck. One professor interviewed said that his car was stopped by a concrete barrier and there was a large crowd on the other side of the barrier. The cop just happened to be there investigating a gas leak.

    I really don’t care if it’s one out of a hundred or one out of thousand who become radicalized. The percentages are enough that thinking people should not have to put up with this because the left is so enchanted with being politically correct that they can’t admit there’s a problem here. Hillary frequently calls Muslims “peaceful and tolerant”. They’re not. The only reason some are “tolerant” here is because they are a small minority. Everywhere they become the majority they repress and kill others, even fighting among the different sects of Islam.

    We had 9-11 because we let guys into this country who never should have been let in, as the 9-11 Commission laid out in it’s report. So apparently we are going to again drift blissfully along and put up with these attacks every couple of months, which the left insists have nothing to do with Islam, until we have another one as bad, or worse, than 9-11.

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    illegal aliens have kids in this country at the rate of 340,000 every year….. just the illegals……… 1.36 MILLION every 4 years and are changing the political landscape….That’s one reason why the country is is going to be socialist ….. As more and more anchor babies turn 18 the vast majority will vote for who ever gives them the most bread and circuses and who ever promotes CHAIN MIGRATION ….Most Republicans only feign their concern about the illegal alien invasion …they see it as a sea of unlimited cheap labor…. by saturating the labor force with millions they have screwed over the working man for decades now. ..soon you will see even so-called Republicans giving away the store to those that yell the loudest ……it only ends with our destruction
    Six states alone account for 60% of unauthorized immigrants — California, Texas, Florida, New York, New Jersey and Illinois ………AS soon as Texas and Florida turn blue the Republicans won’t win a presidential election for the rest of the century……… assuming the republic lasts that long this truly is the Republic’s last hurrah… soon socialism will be the new norm
    Six states alone account for 60% of unauthorized immigrants — California, Texas, Florida, New York, New Jersey and Illinois

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    They are breaking the law, so arrest them. How difficult is that to understand? Can the governor shield bank robbers? Can the governor segregate the schools?

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    How can the State sue, when it is profoundly wrong by breaking the Federal law? on

    If states need Fereral monies, then they need to obey our Countries law

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    So he’s going to try to sue the federal government to let them continue to break the law, what sense does that make ?

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    State Rights Versus Federal Government Laws

    Don’t condone federal subsidies [$11K per student per year] for public school students going to IAs as a sanctuary city/state mandatory expense; because the $11K per kid is illegally given to “non-citizens” who invaded our country illegally per laws already on the books.

    The states’ rights to legalize medical marijuana [an illegal federal mild euphoric] has absolutely nothing to do with it. Ask Trump.