Tuesday, March 13, 2018




Westchester lawmakers adopt immigration protection act

Advocates demonstrated support before the Monday night vote

WHITE PLAINS – The Westchester County Board of Legislators voted Monday night to approve an Immigration Protection Act.

The vote was 11 to 3.

Lawmakers said the legislation is not a sanctuary bill, but defines what county law enforcement can ask about a person’s citizenship or immigration status and what information the county will share with federal officials.

The county departments of Public Safety, Corrections and Probation support the legislation and agree it will protect all people without violating the law.

Legislator Catherine Borgia said history was made with the vote “which enhances safety in Westchester County by increasing trust and cooperation between county employees, particularly law enforcement, and all residents.”

Legislator Virginia Perez said targeting immigrants “simply because of their immigration status while disregarding their contributions to this country is not only wrong, but also not becoming of a society like ours.”

She said as a Hispanic immigrant, she hopes the legislation “will help alleviate any fear of law enforcement in our communities and allow hard working immigrant families to continue their pursuit of the American Dream safely.”

An earlier version of the measure was vetoed by then-County Executive Robert Astorino, a Republican. Current County Executive George Latimer, a Democrat, has said he would sign the bill.


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