The protesters said state residents have recently been removed from courthouses in Stamford, Bridgeport and New Haven, as well as at the York Correctional Institute - the only women's prison in CT - by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
"The thing that's extraordinary is not that the mayor learned about this and did something", Ross said of Schaaf's announcement over the weekend. Jerry Brown down to local mayors have resisted a Trump administration immigration crackdown that they contend is arbitrarily hauling in otherwise law-abiding people and splitting up families that include us -born children. "There is nothing further from the truth".
She also criticized the administration for targeting California as a way of payback for the stand state officials have taken against the president.
Ana Maria Fabian, 50, has been living undocumented in the United States for 20 years and said she's not fearful but has "a lot of sadness" for the families who were torn apart because of the recent deportation efforts.
"My job is to make my city safer, and I take public safety very seriously".
'It's a tall order for ICE to show that she was obstructing justice because they would have to show she knew they were going after specific people and I just don't see the evidence for that, ' she said.
"What she did is no better than a gang lookout yelling "police" when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood, except she did it to a whole community", Homan said. "That is someone who's typically committed some other crime". Homan said 864 immigrants with criminal records "remain at large in the community and I have to believe that some of them were able to elude us thanks to the mayor's irresponsible decision". At least one individual was removed from the home and detained, he said. She said she is receiving both backlash and praise for her action.
Camarota said, "Virtually everyone who's likely to be caught up in one of these enforcement actions is someone who we call a criminal alien. And "criminal" includes re-entering the country after deportation". "Look, being a law enforcement officer is risky enough, but to give criminals a head's-up we're coming [in the] next 24 hours, increases that risk".
"While the vast majority of cities in America do cooperate with ICE, others force ICE to assign additional resources to conduct at-large arrests in the community, putting officers, the general public and the aliens at greater risk and increasing the incidence of collateral arrests", James Schwab, a spokesman for ICE's San Francisco office, said in a statement Monday. She said she's even willing to go to jail to protect Oakland's sanctuary city status.
"I feel like they need to leave the people alone because if they are here leave them alone". Dozens at Wednesday's rally chanted "shut ICE down" and held signs reading "Stop racist deportations". They would be begging. I don't understand this line of thinking at all.
But on the opposite end of the spectrum the poll also asked: should local police assist the feds in cases involving undocumented suspects in violent crimes?
ICE did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 16 percent said that they were unsure.
Oakland, San Francisco and many other cities and counties in California have declared themselves to be "sanctuary cities", refusing to work with federal officials to detain and deport undocumented immigrants.