HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Governor Dannel Malloy is out with a plan to help local families that are concerned about President Trump‘s deportation policies. He is calling this a toolkit for families concerned about immigration enforcement (you can download a copy by clicking here).
We know Governor Malloy has had his differences with President Trump on the issue of immigration. On Wednesday morning, Malloy talked about what he calls a toolkit for families, especially if family members are concerned that a parent or guardian could be deported by the federal government. The worry is about the impact that could have on the children.
As an undocumented college student from Danbury, Anjilica Idrovo, said she now lives in fear everyday of an administration that has made people like her a target.
“To think that my mom or my dad would be taken away on the way to their job or back home,” Idrovo said Wednesday.
There are 22,000 other children in Connecticut facing the same situation. If the Trump administration follows through on it’s promise of mass deportations of undocumented immigrants, state officials are thinking about the welfare of children who would be left behind, and the potential cost for Connecticut that is estimated at over $600 million, should the children all become wards of the state.
“I’d rather protect liberty, than be on a fool’s errand,” Malloy said.
Malloy is asking immigrants to make plans for their children, property and finances in the event of spontaneous deportation. Those thoughts weighing heavily on immigrant families lately, as described by officials.
“They’re afraid to come to school because they think their parents will be taken away and they’ll have no place to go,” said New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, recalling a story told to her by an 8 year-old city girl.
New Haven’s Fair Haven neighborhood has long been ground zero for the city’s Hispanic community. Workers at the Latino advocacy group Junta, said the threat of deportation has always existed, but much more now since almost any immigrant can be targeted for deportation.
“It is currently much more in their faces,” said Mary Elizabeth Smith, who is in charge of community outreach and adult education for Junta.
They’ve long encouraged immigrant parents to fill out family preparedness forms, but it’s admittedly a tough task.
“When they’re actually doing it, it’s horrible,” Smith said. “It’s a harrowing, terrible decision making process where you’re choosing a temporary guardian for your children, in case something happens.”
Malloy has already sent recommendations to schools across the state telling them that if Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents come to a school, don’t let them in. Send them to the superintendent’s office. Also, the Governor has told local police departments that they don’t have to help ICE agents.
“We owe it to them our fellow citizens to do everything we can to make sure they are well taken care of,” said Malloy.
The White House fired back last month with press secretary Sean Spicer calling Malloy out in a news conference, saying elected officials are supposed to obey the laws of the country.