Westchester legislators debate immigrant protection

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Westchester County legislators met Monday to discuss a bill aimed at protecting immigrants living in the county.

Legislators met Monday with county commissioners at the Westchester County office building in White Plains and focused their attention on the Immigration Protection Act. The bill, introduced in February by the Westchester County Board's Democratic Caucus, is designed to keep immigrants safe and to keep county funds away from federal immigration authorities.

If passed, it would prevent the county from using any of its resources to assist federal investigations based on race, gender or national origin. The bill also guarantees people being interviewed by a federal agent will have an opportunity to have legal counsel. Legislators say if passed, the bill will also improve communication between the community and police.

Supporters say the push to protect immigrants is necessary following President Donald Trump's executive orders.

Sources tell News 12 that the bill has bipartisan support, but it is unknown whether County Executive Rob Astorino will sign the bill. The bill needs 12 votes to pass without a potential veto from Astorino.

Legislators are planning to vote on the issue next week.

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