06/04/2013 12:25 pm ET

Connecticut To Protect Undocumented Immigrants Who Report Crime


The Connecticut state senate on Friday unanimously approved a bill that will allow local law enforcement officials to decide when an individual should be held for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tools or (TRUST) Act is meant to discourage law enforcement officials from detaining immigrants when they report crime, either as witnesses or victims, without the fear of deportation. Recent studies have shown that mistrust between immigrant communities and police officers has delayed solving cases; immigrants often won’t report crimes because they fear inadvertently becoming the prosecutorial target.

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