Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy seems to be happy that President Donald Trump's administration criticized his view on not enforcing federal immigration laws that don't involve his state.
The Democrat told Politico it felt "really good" to have White House spokesman Sean Spicer call him out by name over the letter he sent to Connecticut police agencies that said they should not take any actions against people in the state "solely to enforce federal immigration law."
"You should probably be known by your enemies," said Malloy, who is in Washington, D.C. for the National Governors Association winter meeting.
Malloy's insistence that his state's law enforcement agencies will not go out of their way to enforce immigration laws was met with fierce resentment by the White House.
"The idea that Gov. Malloy would not want the law followed as enacted by Congress or by the Connecticut legislature in any fashion seems to be concerning, right?" Spicer said Thursday, reported WTNH. "Whether you're a governor or a mayor or the president, laws are passed in this country and we expect people and our lawmakers and our law enforcement agencies to follow and adhere to the laws."
Malloy's office responded by suggesting that the White House take a "Civics 101 refresher. Not only does the U.S. Constitution provide explicit protections for both individual rights, but it also provides clear guidance on the rights of states — specifically in the Tenth Amendment."
Malloy has been in office since 2011.
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