NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is reacting coolly to New Haven Mayor John DeStefano's plan to ask the state legislature to allow illegal immigrants who live in the city to vote in municipal elections.
Malloy said Wednesday that "it's not an idea that I'm particularly comfortable with." The Democratic governor said he believes there are obligations and privileges that come with legal citizenship.
Malloy said he's still willing to "hear the mayor out" on his proposal, which follows the lead of other cities.
Immigrants who are in the U.S. legally or illegally, and may not vote now, would still be unable to vote in state or federal elections.
DeStefano said illegal immigrants pay taxes indirectly through rent and send their kids to New Haven schools and should be able to vote.
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