Sens. Blumenthal and Murphy were in New Haven Tuesday to highlight the need for federal immigration reform. The country is home to more than 11.2 million undocumented immigrants and lawmakers from both parties have long called for an overhaul of federal immigration law. The debate is heating up again in Congress, and lawmakers have been seeking common ground on the divisive issues embedded in the immigration debate.
New Haven Mayor John DeStefano and other activists joined Blumenthal and Murphy Tuesday. Earlier Tuesday morning, the frustration with the current immigration system played out in a protest, held outside Rep. Rosa DeLauro’s office. Protesters called on DeLauro to take action to halt the deportation of New Haven resident Josemaria Islas, who was arrested for a charge that was later dropped and has no criminal record. While the Obama administration has said deportation efforts are focused on criminal offenders who pose a threat to society, immigration activists say cases like Islas’ illustrate a broken system.
Murphy will hold a roundtable in Meriden Wednesday on immigration reform, continuing to draw attention to the topic he and other lawmakers will address when Congress returns from recess next week.