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Statement from Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining) on the County Executive’s Veto of the Immigrant Protection Act

(WHITE PLAINS, NY) “While the veto today was expected – it is disappointing nonetheless. The rhetoric we have heard from the County Executive is blatant fear-mongering and full of falsehoods. The County Executive’s words and actions – in line with his friend President Trump – will not stop our efforts. Our caucus strongly supports a vote to override this veto.


“The Immigrant Protection Act, which included substantial input from legislators on both sides of the aisle, all impacted departments, the New York State Attorney General’s office, as well as immigration law experts, will make all Westchester residents safer and fully complies with federal law. The aim of the Act is to set up guidelines for our County employees to interact with all levels of government. It has clear exceptions for cases of criminal activity. The Act simply states that county taxpayer resources should be used for county business only – not to do the job of the federal government. As President Reagan said, ‘our nation is a nation of immigrants. More than any other county, our strength comes from our own immigrant heritage and our capacity to welcome those from other lands.’”

 

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