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Niagara County Legislature rejects 'sanctuary state' status

Niagara County lawmakers are opposed to a state bill that would declare New York State a "sanctuary state" for immigrants living in the country illegally.

County legislators unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday in opposition of the "Dignity for Immigrants in New York State Act." The act, which state lawmakers have not voted upon this year, would bar law enforcement officers from detaining such immigrants for federal deportation proceedings unless they've been convicted of serious crimes.

“The proposal to make New York State a sanctuary state will only facilitate and encourage illegal immigration," said Legislator Randy Bradt, co-sponsor of the resolution. "It discriminates against the people who are following the law and creates an unfair process for those who wish to enter legally."

Another co-sponsor, Legislator Rebecca Wydysh, said the proposed state legislation fails to protect legal residents.

“This bill would only protect suspected criminals from deportation at the expense of law-abiding citizens and compromise public safety," Wydysh said.

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