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Board of Legislators Will Vote on IPA Monday, Press Conference And Rally Scheduled Before Vote at 5 p.m.

Demonstrators in support of the Immigrant Protection Act hold a rally in support of the passage of the bill before the Westchester Board of Legislators in White Plains. Aug. 7, 2017. (Photo: Ricky Flores/The Journal News)

White Plains – The Westchester County Board of Legislators will vote Monday on a bill that would give protections to undocumented immigrants in Westchester. The Westchester County Immigrant Protection Act – Act 10625 is expected to have enough votes to become law when the 17-member legislature votes, with at least all 12 Democrats on the 17-member legislature expected to back it. This is a revised version of a bill that passed in 2017, but was vetoed by then County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican.

Indivisible Westchester’s Immigrant Rights Committee have scheduled a Press Conference and Rally before the vote at 5 p.m. See attached flyer below.

This would be the second bill made law after an earlier version had been vetoed under the previous executive. Legislators passed a law banning gun shows on county-owned property this year, after a ban was vetoed by Astorino last year. Click Here to read final draft of The Immigrant Protection Act – Act 10625.

The original bill passed in August, and Astorino vetoed it shortly after and called it a sanctuary bill. The term sanctuary became the catch phrase of the day last year, as the federal government sought to withhold funds from municipalities it deemed sanctuaries.

John Testa, the legislature’s Republican majority leader, said the bill did more to hurt than protect immigrants in the county.

“Shielding people who are accused of committing crimes from federal authorities is dangerous and irresponsible,” he told The Journal News/lohud in a statement. “Why would we direct our law enforcement not to share information with federal authorities about those who commit crimes in our county?”

Legislator Catherine Borgia, an Ossining Democrat, said the bill was one of two initiatives she’s most proud of in more than a decade in government.

“It took a lot of doing,” she said. Nothing in the bill contradicts federal law, she said.

The bill would limit the information the county shares with federal immigration authorities and it would also limit what county law enforcement can ask an individual about citizenship or immigration status. Lawmakers who worked on the bill said it will ensure undocumented immigrants are not afraid to report crimes to local law enforcement.

Newly elected Democrat County Executive George Latimer, who unseated Rob Astorino said he’d sign an undocumented immigrant bill.

Indivisible Westchester’s Immigrant Rights Committee is looking for a headcount, if you plan to go, would you let me know they ask you contact them at mvp.indivisible@gmail.com

 

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