Andy MattisonSep 20, 2017, 8:57 pmSep 20, 2017, 10:26 pm

Rob Astorino issues executive order on immigration

Order allows police to continue to work with federal authorities but prevents them from asking about person's immigration status

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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is continuing to look at the issues of immigration in the county by issuing an executive order to replace a previous order from 11 years ago which he says violated federal law.

The new executive order permits law enforcement to work with federal authorities but prevents them from asking about person's immigration status.

The move comes about a month after Astorino vetoed the Immigration Protection Act after the bill was passed by county legislators.

The county executive calls this executive order a compromise in keeping Westchester County from becoming a sanctuary county while also making sure undocumented residents aren't worried about having their immigration status checked by county and local police.

"It also says to those who are here undocumented, 'yes you can report a crime, you won't be sent home, you will not be arrested because you seek medical attention,' those were the fears we heard the loudest from people in our communities," Astorino said.

In a statement, County Legislator Majority Leader Catherine Borgia responded to the executive order by saying that the move leaves the county in exactly the same place and 'has the potential to further put our immigrant neighbors at risk by allowing them to believe this will provide adequate protection. Recent federal action has shown that executive orders depend on the opinion and whim of a single individual.”

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