Indonesian Man Spends Year In Church Sanctuary

Oct 10, 2018
Courtesy of Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance and Unitarian Universalist Church in Meriden / Facebook

One year ago, a former Fulbright Scholar from Indonesia who was living in West Hartford, Connecticut, sought sanctuary from deportation at a church in Meriden. Sujitno Sajuti and his wife, Dahlia, still live in the Unitarian Universalist Church while his case sits before the U.S. immigration court of appeals.

Lynne Sladky / AP

On Thursday a federal judge hit pause on the Trump administration’s plans to end the legal status of 300,000 immigrants, some 20,000 of whom live in New York and Connecticut. TPS, or Temporary Protected Status, gives immigrants fleeing violence or disaster the right to live and work legally in the U.S.

John Minchillo / AP

The Department of Health and Humans Services has told Congress that the federal government cannot account for another 1,500 unaccompanied minors. U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut is proposing new legislation to take better care of these children.

Courtesy of Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services

This week, the Trump administration announced the lowest number of refugee admissions in the history of the program. Refugee agency leaders in Connecticut asked Congress on Wednesday to accept more next year.

Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Two Central American children who were taken from their parents at the U.S. border will get legal immigration status for a year, under an unusual settlement with the government.