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MAYOR BRONIN STATEMENT ON PROTEST AGAINST FAMILY SEPARATION

MAYOR BRONIN STATEMENT ON PROTEST AGAINST FAMILY SEPARATION

HARTFORD, CONN (July 2, 2018) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin released the statement below in support of the protest this morning calling on the Trump administration to reunite the children and parents it separated.

“Children should never have been separated from their parents, and every day they stay separated is a moral stain on our country,” said Mayor Bronin.  “The Trump administration had no plan and no process for reuniting these families, and they’re showing no sense of urgency to right this wrong.  This morning, hundreds of people gathered at the federal building in Hartford to protest this inhumane, unjustifiable, and un-American policy.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement has become President Trump's deportation force, criminalizing asylum seekers and tearing families apart, including families here in Connecticut.  I hope that we continue to see our community and people across the country speak out until families are reunited and until this administration abandons its anti-immigrant agenda across the board.”  

“We will always work to facilitate and support the right to peacefully demonstrate and protest,” said Police Chief David Rosado.  “The Hartford Police Department closed part of Main Street today to allow for the demonstration to occur safely.  Organizers of the demonstration told our officers that one of their objectives today was to be arrested, and we did make arrests of thirty-five people who were blocking the doors of the Ribicoff Federal Building, which houses a variety of offices including Citizenship and Immigration Services, the District Court, and the Probation Office, among others.”

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