Conn. Says DHS Ignored State Pardons In Deportation Cases

Law360 (October 11, 2019, 7:39 PM EDT) -- The state of Connecticut slammed the Trump administration for moving to deport immigrants based on crimes for which they had been pardoned, accusing the federal government of illegally ignoring the state's pardon system and stepping on state sovereignty.

The Connecticut Attorney General's Office argued in its lawsuit Thursday that the administration "abruptly abandoned" decades of settled practice last year when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security stopped recognizing the authority of Connecticut's pardons and refused to waive deportation orders based on those since-pardoned crimes.

DHS has refused to waive deportations for at least two pardoned Connecticut residents, according to the suit,...

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