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Assemblywoman aims to bar border wall companies from doing business in New York

"This will be a decisive and effective way of showing where our values are at,” Nily Rozic said.
Assemblywoman Nily Rozic represents eastern Queens.Nily Rozic/Facebook

With President Donald Trump taking executive actions to make good on his campaign promise to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, one New York legislator has proposed a pushback.

Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, who represents eastern Queens, introduced a bill on Thursday that would ban the state from doing business with companies involved in building the border wall.

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"Many of us have been thinking about different ways we could counter the actions coming out of Washington, D.C.," Rozic told The Associated Press. "This will be a decisive and effective way of showing where our values are at."

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Under the bill, the state would track businesses involved with the wall and prevent them from obtaining in-state contracts or assets. New York currently has similar restrictions on companies that boycott Israel or do business in Iran.

"I represent one of the most diverse districts in our state, and I feel strongly about sticking up for our immigrant communities," Rozic said.

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If approved, it would be the latest pushback against the new president.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this month sought to require insurance companies to cover birth control and abortions declared medically necessary.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman this week promised to fight Trump’s executive order that would strip federal funding from sanctuary cities that allow immigrants to live illegally.

 
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