Westchester residents mixed on immigration protection veto

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Residents across Westchester are talking the county executive’s decision to veto a bill to protect immigrants.

On Wednesday, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino vetoed the Immigration Protection Act, which would have restricted the county from using its resources to help the federal government with immigration cases. The Westchester County Board of Legislators voted 10-5 to pass the bill last week.

Astorino says the bill would put citizens’ safety in jeopardy and would turn Westchester into a sanctuary county.

One woman who spoke to News 12 was in favor of the bill. “I would prefer we set a standard for New York state by welcoming everybody to the county.”

However, a man says he is glad Astorino vetoed the bill. “You got to protect Americans first. That’s it. That’s what the bottom line is. If you come into this country, you got to follow the rules. If you follow the rules, you got nothing to worry about.”

The bill now goes back to legislators, who will have to come up with two more votes to overturn Astorino's veto. Sources tell News 12 it is unlikely the bill will get the votes needed to override the veto.

Astorino says he's working on re-issuing an executive order to protect immigrants, which will comply with federal law.

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