Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents investigate employers that hire illegal immigrants.


Gov. Dannel Malloy celebrated the recent passage of a bill giving in-state tuition subsidies to undocumented immigrants by calling it “an increased opportunity for our state’s students to succeed in whatever path they choose.”

As long as they don’t want to work for the State of Connecticut, that is.

“The state follows the federal law that requires employers to obtain a completed Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) from prospective employees to verify the individual’s identity and employment authorization,” said Susan Kinsman, spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office. “Thus the state does not hire immigrants who do not have authorization to work in the U.S.”

Kinsman said the Attorney General would be unable to help Connecticut employers or undocumented workers facing criminal charges for fraudulent hiring.

“The Attorney General does not have authority to provide legal support to private employers or undocumented workers,” she said.

Juliet Manalan, a spokesman for Malloy, declined to comment on whether the administration would hire undocumented workers or support businesses that hire them.

“Any questions about the legality of Connecticut laws should be directed to the AG’s office,” she said.