Members of Connecticut's Congressional delegation are weighing in on immigration issues.
4th District Congressman Jim Himes is speaking out about President Trump’s executive orders related to immigration, border control and sanctuary cities. Himes called the border wall an extreme idea that won’t provide more security,. Himes says extreme enforcement will likely lead to raids in cities and families being torn apart, returning people back to dangerous countries with no protection. Himes says the executive orders, coupled with one expected today to turn away refugees, are antithetical to our core values as Americans.
When it comes to so-called sanctuary cities, 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty says stripping funds from cities whose local police don’t waste their own money locking up law-abiding immigrant families will make communities throughout Connecticut less safe. She says the border wall won’t actually help border security and called it a political gimmick.
Esty says the President is trying to initiate one of the worst crackdowns on immigrant families in American history – going even beyond dark chapters in the past when political leaders punished immigrants for their own failure to find solutions to our country’s challenges.