This letter is written in gratitude to Catherine Borgia, the Democratic majority leader, and our County Legislator, in the Westchester Board of Legislators, for sponsoring the Immigration Protection Act.
On Monday, August 7th, Borgia introduced the bill, which would limit the information the County shares with federal immigration authorities, and would also limit what County law enforcement can ask an individual about citizenship or immigration status. This is consistent with the policy adopted by Croton law enforcement to protect our neighbors from undue harassment, and is similar to policies that other Westchester municipalities have adopted. Borgia said “We introduced this bill as a public safety measure”. She said if made law, the act would send a message that immigrant residents don’t need to live in fear. Legislature Chairman Mike Kaplowitz said, “This is not a sanctuary bill, This is a welcome bill.”
Although the bill passed in a 10-5 vote, which included all 8 Democrats present and 2 Republicans, the County Executive, Republican Rob Astorino, said he will veto the bill.
If you are upset over the fact that immigrants who have lived in our communities for years: worked here, gone to school here, and are raising children here, are being picked up by ICE, detained and deported, I hope you will agree that Catherine Borgia is standing up for fairness and equal treatment for all in Westchester County. Let’s make sure she gets re-elected in November, and that Rob Astorino does not!
Sincerely, Sherry Horowitz,