President Trump has encountered a lot of opposition over his executive order on immigration.
And now Connecticut Governor Danel Malloy is advising local leaders and law enforcement not to follow Trump's order.
According to The Hill:
Connecticut’s Democratic governor is telling state and local law enforcement they do not have to comply with federal requests to detain residents who are in the country illegally, a day after the Trump administration detailed plans that could lead to millions of deportations.
In a memo to state law enforcement and school district officials Wednesday, Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) said Connecticut officials should not detain anyone solely on the basis of their immigration status. Federal immigration detainer requests do not constitute orders or warrants, Malloy’s memo says.
Law enforcement officials should not give federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers access to individuals in state or local jails, Malloy’s office added.
Earlier this month, Malloy tweeted in support of the 9th Circut Court's ruling on Trump's temporary travel ban:
"The Ninth Circuit has made it clear that there are numerous constitutional and procedural issues raised by the rushed executive order.
I welcome the fact that the court has ordered continuing review and I am optimistic that the constitutional protections that apply to every resident of the United States, including immigrants, will be upheld and that the President will not be allowed to undermine the rule of law."
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in Mexico on Thursday, where he told Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, via NBC News:
“Let me be clear, there will be no mass deportations, everything we do in DHS will be done legally. The focus of deportation will be on the criminal element, all of this will be done in close coordination with Mexico.”
Former Acting Assistant Director of ICE, Office of Detention and Removal Operations, Jim Kuiken, spoke to Independent Journal Review about whether Malloy's actions could be against the law:
"Saying they won't comply with the President's order is not in itself illegal (an executive order is not law), but failure to comply with actual federal laws that the order may reference is unlawful.
Plus, a governor controls state goverment/police, but not county or local. He can't order a sheriff or police chief to do anything, or a mayor or county commissioner, etc.
Meanwhile, President Trump has yet to respond to Malloy's memo.