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Hartford (AP) — Federal immigration authorities have arrested 27 people in Connecticut over the past few days in an enforcement effort aimed at people in the country illegally who have been convicted of crimes.
Officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement say the operation that began Saturday is part of on-going enforcement actions against immigrants who commit crimes while living illegally in the United States.
Authorities released few details of the arrests. ICE spokesman Ross Feinstein says all the people arrested were targets for detention and deportation.
New Haven immigration attorney Glenn Formica said in a statement that the arrests were a "disturbing contrast with the tone in the nation" as Congress debates immigration reform.