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Conn. mayor seeks to let illegal immigrants voteNew Haven mayor seeks to let illegal immigrants vote and keep 'sanctuary city' reputation
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) ' The Connecticut city of New Haven is tightening its embrace of newcomers as its mayor seeks to extend voting rights to illegal immigrants and other noncitizens.
The proposal by Mayor John DeStefano comes after attacks by Republican presidential candidates on dozens of so-called "sanctuary cities" that take a hands-off approach to pursuing illegal immigrants.
The 10-term Democrat helped illegal immigrants come of the shadows four years ago when he launched a first-of-its-kind program to give them city resident cards. He says making noncitizens feel welcome will encourage them to participate in the community.
Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has vowed to cut off federal funding for so-called sanctuary cities. Two of his rivals, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, have also criticized municipalities for flouting federal law.
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