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Associated Press - August 12, 2008 6:04 AM ET

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Hartford's city council has approved a new ordinance that would bar police from asking people about their immigration status.
The ordinance, passed Monday, would need to be signed by Mayor Eddie Perez to become law.
It would prevent police from arresting or detaining anyone solely because immigration authorities had issued an administrative warrant for them, which is a civil matter.
Although Perez has said he supports the concept, it's not clear whether he will sign the new ordinance.
The mayor has said that an order issued by Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts in March is adequate. Under the order, Hartford police will not make immigration arrests unless there is also a criminal investigation involved.

Information from: The Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com
 
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