Monday, August 7, 2017

CTY EXEC ASTORINO ET AL., HAVE GRAVE CONCERNS ABOUT WCBOL IMMIGRATION PROTECTION ACT

County Executive #Astorino is joined by the president of the Westchester Hispanic Law Enforcement Association and members of the County's law enforcement community to express their serious concerns with the Westchester County Board of Legislators Immigration Protection Act. LIVE https://www.facebook.com/westchestergov/videos/10155481011337092/

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  1. Journal news, some excerpts: "We introduced this bill as a public safety measure," said Catherine Borgia, the Democratic majority leader who sponsored the bill. She said if made law, the act would send a message that immigrant residents don't need to live in fear and qualify for county services as any other residents.

    But County Executive Rob Astorino said he will veto the bill due to concerns that it would hobble local law enforcement and endanger residents if it became law. If it became a law, he said, the county could be tagged a "sanctuary" and lose $12.9 million in federal grants as punishment. "It really handcuffs law enforcement and our police officers," Astorino said at a press conference at his office following the vote. He called the law confusing and contradictory.

    The bill states county agencies would only hold inmates over immigration status if the request is accompanied by a judicial warrant. Law enforcement leaders in the county said taking a hard-line stance could alienate other agencies that are allies.

    George Longworth, the commissioner of the county Department of Public Safety, put out a statement saying the bill calling the bill “a bad and reckless idea.” He said the bill if made law would limit the county’s ability to work with agencies like the FBI and Department of Homeland Security.http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/2017/08/07/westchester-bill-protects-immigrants/545428001/

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