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U.S. Embassy Cable Ignored; Trump Administration Moves To Expel 300,000 Immigrants Against Advice Of Diplomats

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In the past six months, the Trump administration has moved to expel 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians living and working legally in the United States, disregarding senior U.S. diplomats who warned that mass deportations could destabilize the region and trigger a new surge of illegal immigration.

The warnings were transmitted to top State Department officials last year in embassy cables now at the center of an investigation by Senate Democrats, whose findings were recently referred to the Government Accountability Office. The Washington Post obtained a copy of their report.

The cables’ contents, which have not been previously disclosed, reveal career diplomats’ strong opposition to terminating the immigrants’ provisional residency, known ...

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New Britain Republican Says Party Needs To Revamp State Ticket


Bill Sarno/CTLatinoNews.com

Carmelo Rodriguez, a New Britain Latino leader and longtime Republican activist, was both “very disappointed” and felt “hopeless,” when he returned home late Saturday night having served as one of his hometown’s delegates to the state Republican convention held at Foxwoods.

The New Britain resident said Republicans in Connecticut showed they “do not have a clue about the real issues” and their outreach to the inner cities is very poor. “I only saw about five Hispanics and three African Americans,” said Rodriguez, who is of Puerto Rican descent.

Rodriguez was particularly discouraged that his party had shunted aside his choice, 31-year-old New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart, in favor ...

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Latinos Step Up For A Shot At Unprecedented Candidacies


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With several Democratic incumbents, most notably U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and four of the six state constitutional officers, including the governor, lieutenant governor and treasurer, deciding not to seek re-election, the door has opened for an array of newcomers to vie for the top slots on the November ballot, with several Latinos among those eager to venture into new political territories.

In most cases, the Latinos running Connecticut’s highest offices need to convince party decision-makers to allow them to prove at the polls in November that their growing population should be allowed a chance to run in constituencies where their base of ethnic support is a small fraction ...

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