The Assembly majority is swinging back at President Donald Trump’s attack on sanctuary cities with their own legislative counter punch.
A bill from Assemblyman Francisco Moya would restrict state and local agencies from inquiring about the immigration status of any person seeking medical or police assistance. The bill was introduced late Wednesday night and referred to the Codes Committee. There are more than 30 co-sponsors, including Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.
The bill also prevents state and local law enforcement officials from arresting an individual for suspected immigration status violation. It prohibits state and local law enforcement officers from assisting in the enforcement of federal immigration laws.
On Tuesday evening, Moya joined protests in Jackson Heights that were in response to actions signaled by Trump, including plans to move ahead with a wall on the Southern border with Mexico. Moya also penned a letter to Trump about the recent actions and rhetoric.