Local officials discuss president’s policies, Camp David speech

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News 12 asked local elected officials for their take on President Donald Trump’s press conference from Camp David and the administration’s policies that may have a significant effect on their own neighborhoods.

President Trump said he would work with Democrats to find solutions that would allow those protected by DACA to stay in the country, but only if it comes with the border wall and changes to immigration. 

Yonkers City Council Majority Leader Michael Sabatino said that the border wall is a “waste of money.”

"We have more important things to be concerned about,” he said.

Westchester County Legislator Mary Jane Shimsky said of DACA recipients, “We're talking about a large number of people who are in many cases major contributors and pillars of our community, who risk being deported to places where they may not even know the language.”

Another major policy initiative the president continues to push is the fight to curb the opioid crisis.

"Ultimately, we have to get into the communities to find out why they are seeking refuge in a drug,” says former Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest Davis.

The major takeaways from Trump’s impromptu speech at Camp David were whether his actions speak louder than his words, and whether Democrats and Republicans can come together to find permanent legislative solutions.

"Well, with Donald Trump it’s not what he says it’s what ultimately happens as a result,” says Shimsky.

"I think we all as a unified bipartisan government have to address this issue,” says Sabatino.

Trump has since left Camp David and returned to the White House to begin his first full year as president.

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