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As a nationwide immigration debate returns to New Haven’s door, Mayor John DeStefano lambasted the federal raids on undocumented residents Wednesday as a “symbolic act of intimidation” against the city in the wake of an immigrant-friendly ID plan.

Speaking late Wednesday afternoon in New Haven’s historic Wooster Square park, in the heart of the Italian-American sector of town, DeStefano defended the city’s role as a sanctuary city for immigrants. He recounted why he believes federal raids were an act of retribution against the city.

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