New Haven Mayor Issues Sanctuary City Order

Matt Dwyer
August 15, 2019 - 11:17 am

Mayor of New Haven, Connecticut Toni Harp speaks during the opening ceremony of the Connecticut Open at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale on August 22, 2016 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — An executive order issued by Mayor Toni Harp continues New Haven's unofficial status as a sanctuary city.

Harp introduced the order at a rally outside city hall on Wednesday. The order extends to all city employees a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Arrest" policy that currently requires police officers to avoid asking about a person's immigration status.

The new order also does not officially make the city a sanctuary city, which is a community that limits immigration law cooperation between local and federal government.

A proposed ordinance that would declare New Haven a sanctuary city is expected to come up at a Board of Alders meeting next month. Harp says she'll leave that decision to the board.

The rally organized by Unidad Latina en Accion brought out about 150 people.