Legislators continue discussions on immigration protection act

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Westchester County legislators discussed legislation that could help protect local immigrants at a committee on public safety Monday.

If passed, the Immigration Protection Act would prevent the county from using its resources, including funds, to assist federal immigration authorities.

It has bipartisan support, but some legislators are not ready to vote for it.

“We don't want to have a sanctuary county, we don't want to blur the lines between legal and illegal immigrants because there's a difference," says Westchester County Legislator John Testa.

Legislator Virginia Perez is a strong advocate for the act. She says she wants to clean up the language of the law to clear up any confusion between lawmakers, putting immigrants' safety first.

"We want to make sure we're not impeding with the constitutional law or federal government doing their jobs. We want to make sure Westchester residents know we aren't using your tax dollars to help feds have ICE raids in our community," says Perez.

The act has been in committee since February.

The legislation will need 12 votes to overcome a potential veto from Country Executive Rob Astorino.

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