HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- On Saturday, President Donald Trump announced he would delay the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids that were planned to take place Sunday in 10 major U.S. cities.

In response to that, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin sent a letter to ICE on Monday, opposing any potential action targeted at undocumented families.

In the letter, Bronin also requested that ICE refrain from impersonating the Hartford Police Dept.

“On behalf of the City of Hartford, I am writing to reiterate that this kind of enforcement will not improve public safety in Hartford, and even the consideration and threat of this kind of enforcement is damaging to public trust and creates unnecessary fear within our immigrant communities,” the letter said, in part.

He goes on to say the potential enforcement actions make no sense, citing ICE as saying the actions in Hartford “are targeted to prioritize people who pose a risk to the community.”

“To prioritize deporting undocumented families who contribute to our community is not only a waste of resources – it is inconsistent with ICE’s stated mission,” Bronin said.

On Saturday, President Trump took to Twitter, saying "At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border. If not, Deportations start!"

Earlier in the day, he defended the raids, arguing that targeted families have been running from the law.

His letter concludes saying “I recognize that you follow the direction of superiors within DHS. And even if you do not share my view that immigrants are our strength as a city and a nation, I am asking that, at the very least, you do not operate in a manner that interferes with the City of Hartford’s relationship with our residents. It would be unacceptable for any ICE officials to misrepresent their identity again by posing as Hartford police officers, or to use any City of Hartford facilities without prior authorization.”

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(5) comments

Edmondoceans

This getting out of hand what illegals can vote? Why else would these "suits" give a rat's...not like drugs an crime is a issue? Why is the American working class an Veterans homes an lifes an safety being violated by illegal foreigners an that o.k! What we gonna let Connecticut City's get like L.A, or Chico-go? I decide to wear a red/white or blue colors on my back and some "banger" my "gov" allows to run rampant on the land our forefathers gave there lives for, gonna come at me? there going down! Quick too. There should be licensing to pursue these illegals like hunting or fishing, then perhaps they will finally contribute to the Country there invading like cockroaches don't get me wrong (melting pot an all) but these productive members of society not drug dealing freeloading thieves. Come on people where's the pride an honor ourselves once shared, no understand english?

Mr Verdad

"even if you do not share my view that immigrants are our strength as a city and a nation" No one, not one single person has said immigrants are a problem. The problem are illegal immigrants. It is like saying everyone is hurt by drugs. No... drugs by and far are good. We, as a society, are hurt by illegal drugs. See the difference?

FormerResident

Mr. Bronin, What proof do you have to back up your statement,"“To prioritize deporting undocumented families who contribute to our community is not only a waste of resources – it is inconsistent with ICE’s stated mission,” Bronin said. Can you document how they might "contribute"?

Jules Winnfield

"I am writing to reiterate that this kind of enforcement will not improve public safety in Hartford." With all the shootings that happen in Hartford it certainly can't hurt. If Bronin feels so passionate about illegal aliens he should invite them to stay at his posh residence. If this is his stance I hope federal funding is cut off to Hartford and Trump starts bussing him 1000's of illegal aliens.

MRAN

Agreed, 100%!

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