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The mayor of New Haven, Connecticut no stranger to controversy.
Is raising eyebrows again.
I considering a proposal to the state legislature that gives illegal immigrants a very American right.
Correspondent Shannon Bream has the story.
We have responsibilities.
To citizens to provide services but also to be responsive to.
People who live here.
To New Haven, Connecticut democratic mayor John -- Stefano that means fighting to see that an estimated ten to 20000 illegal immigrants living there.
Did the right to vote in local elections.
In this city that -- fewer than 161000 votes in the last mayoral election that segment of the population could make a resounding difference at the ballot box.
-- Stefano says his critics are wrong when they say he is violating the US constitution.
-- we officers to remember the same document prolonged period of time included women.
And African Americans for public.
And Americans had a more expansive view of what -- met belonged to look.
A community that's a ridiculous comparison.
You don't say that people who have broken the law to -- the United States and who had not.
Complied with the extensive requirements -- -- citizens are somehow the same as African Americans or others who were discriminated against.
Stefan has plan would first have to pass the state house and then get democratic governor Dan Malloy signature.
Malloy says he's inclined to be supportive of protecting the rights and responsibilities that come with US citizenship.
But he's not closing the door on the mayor's proposal altogether.
I'm doing my best.
Today to honor.
Unwillingness to hear other ideas but nothing I've read.
I'll or heard thus far would convince me to to support such a little -- Critics of the plan say lawmakers who support the idea didn't do so at their own risk.
I think any legislature or governor.
That proposed and passed such a requirement would get an anger -- response from voters at the next election.
Did Stefano also sparked controversy when his administration refused to promote several white firefighters -- -- outscored African Americans on promotions exams.
The case was fought all the way to the Supreme Court which ruled against the mayor.
In Washington Shannon brain Fox News.
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