An adviser to Connecticut’s governor is criticizing the U.S. government’s detention of a Mexican immigrant under the federal Se Communities program. Mike Lawlor, the governor’s top aide on criminal justice policy, joined advocates at a rally Thursday condemning the initiative that took effect statewide earlier this year. The immigrant, 34-year-old Josemaria Islas of New Haven, was arrested in July on charges that he tried to steal a bicycle. His lawyers said he was wrongfully arrested and the charges were later reduced to misdemeanors, but instead of being released, he was turned over to federal agents at the request of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Lawlor said the case shows why the program that shares arrestee fingerprints with ICE could lead immigrant communities to lose trust in police officers.

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