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A.G. Schneiderman Statement on Passage of Westchester Immigrant Protection Act

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released the following statement following the Westchester County Board of Legislators’ passage of the Immigrant Protection Act, which was drafted using the Attorney General’s legal guidance:

“It’s clear that public safety depends on building and maintaining trust with the immigrant communities our officers bravely serve.

“The Trump administration’s draconian immigration policies undercut public safety, threatening to drive immigrant communities underground – and making them fearful to report crimes, serve as witnesses, and more. In fact, just the other month we issued a detailed report that brought together crime stats and testimonials from law enforcement, illustrating how ‘sanctuary’ policies can often enhance public safety.

“I’m proud that the Westchester legislature used my office’s legal guidance in drafting the Immigrant Protection Act – joining a number of other local governments around the state in doing so.

“We’ll continue to work with our local partners to ensure that both our immigrant communities and our public safety are protected from the dangerous policies coming out of Washington.”