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Connecticut was identified in a May 2016 report by the Department of Justice’s Inspector General as having so-called sanctuary policies that may violate a federal law. The Justice department has since found no evidence that Connecticut is currently out of compliance with that federal law. 


Attorney General Jeff Sessions commended Connecticut for a commitment to comply.  He added that jurisdictions that adopt so-called ‘sanctuary policies’ also adopt the view that the protection of criminal aliens is more important than the protection of law-abiding citizens and of the rule of law. 


The Department threatened in July to withhold Byrne Justice Assistance Grants to places with sanctuary policies.  It's the main source of federal law enforcement funding.  Last year, Danbury received nearly $16,000 in Byrne JAG grant money.

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