Democrats may revive WC immigration bill after big Election Day

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With Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino on his way out the door, Democrats say they believe an immigrant rights bill he vetoed may eventually become law.

County Legislator Catherine Borgia says she believes Rob Astorino was voted out in part for his stance on the Immigration Protection Act -- a county bill that would protect immigrants here from federal immigration authorities.

County lawmakers passed the bill, only for Astorino to veto it, arguing that it would create a so-called sanctuary county.

"It puts Westchester at odds with our own federal government," he said. "It creates rights not available to ordinary citizens."

Borgia called that stance both disappointing and a mischaracterization.

Now, with a stronger Democratic majority on the county Legislature and a Democrat as county executive, Borgia says she's certain the Immigration Protection Act will pass.

"We know that George is with us on this particular measure," she says, referring to the newly elected executive and current state Sen. George Latimer.

Luis Yumbla, part of with the Hudson Valley Community Coalition, met with Sen. Chuck Schumer Wednesday at the United States Capitol on national immigration issues.

He says he believes the outcome of Tuesday's county executive election mirrors the sentiment of many voters from across the country regarding immigration policies.

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