$450K Settlement with East Haven, Conn. Includes 'Model' Immigration Component

"The town of East Haven has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle a civil rights lawsuit by Latino residents.  But perhaps the more significant part of the agreement, according to lawyers involved with the case, is that the town has agreed to greatly limit its enforcement of immigration laws and communications with national immigration authorities.  ... Yale University professor Michael Wishnie says East Haven agreed to adopt some of the strictest constraints on immigration enforcement of any city or town in the country.  The police department "has agreed to limit questioning of persons about immigration status, enforcement of immigration detainers, making arrests based solely on violations of civil immigration law, and communicating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement," said Wishnie, who heads the Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic at Yale Law School and is co-counsel in the case. ... "The agreement that was reached today will be a model for cities and towns across America," said David Rosen, lead counsel for plaintiffs." - Connecticut Law Tribune, June 9, 2014.