• Employee Placed On Leave For Flagging Suspect Marriage Licenses In New Haven, A Sanctuary City

    December 7, 2023
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    New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker said that a city employee was placed on administrative leave for allegedly violating a city policy by sharing with federal officials the details of potentially questionable marriage licenses.

    The Office of Vital Statistics employee, Patricia Clark, flagged 73 marriages that took place between August 23rd and November 20th to the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS).

    Clark had allegedly been declining marriage license to couples who did not have birth certificates, and then sent them to East Haven, according to Town Attorney Michael Luzzi..

    The flagged cases reportedly involved non-citizens.

    But New Haven is a sanctuary city, thanks to an executive order issued by Elicker on July 23, 2020, more commonly known as "The Welcoming City Order".

    The Executive Order specifically states that city employees cannot disclose confidential information.

    Any employee found to have violated the order may face disciplinary action in accordance with a union contract, civil service rules or department work rules.

    Elicker said, "regardless of your immigration status, your documentation status or any other characteristics, you are welcome here in city hall."

    The mayor is concerned about the large number of marriages highlighted by Clark.

    He said that the flagged marriages are still valid, and that the city is working to warn everyone who might have been implicated as soon as possible.

    The city plans to take appropriate action with respect to Clark once the investigation is complete.

    In the meantime, any reporting to outside agencies now must first be approved by Health Director Maritza Bond.

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