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Statement from Majority Leader Catherine Borgia on County Executive Astorino’s Immigration Executive Order

(WHITE PLAINS, NY) "We introduced the Immigrant Protection Act in February for two reasons - first,  President Trump’s words and actions on immigration and how they would impact our community and second, because we felt that the existing Executive Order needed to be codified.


“Today’s move by the County Executive leaves us in exactly the same place. While this is a half-step toward the goal we began months ago, it has the potential to further put our immigrant neighbors at risk by allowing them to believe this will provide adequate protection. Recent federal action has shown that Executive Orders depend on the opinion and whim of a single individual. They do not have the force of legislative action and can be easily rescinded. As President Trump’s move on DACA shows - this administration has their sights set on immigrants, no matter their age & no matter how much they contribute to our schools, our businesses, & our community.


“Make no mistake about it - we still must override the County Executive’s veto of the Immigrant Protection Act, a bi-partisan bill that fully complies with federal law and makes us all safer by helping to build trust between our public safety officers & our immigrant community.”

 

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