Cuomo issues statement on new immigration order
Governor Andrew Cuomo on Saturday issued a statement in connection with the impact of the new restrictions on immigrants and refugees implemented after an order by President Trump.“
I never thought I'd see the day when refugees, who have fled war-torn countries in search of a better life, would be turned away at our doorstep. We are a nation of bridges, not walls, and a great many of us still believe in the words 'give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses...'
"This is not who we are, and not who we should be.
"I have directed the Port Authority, the Department of State, and my Counsel's Office to jointly explore all legal options to assist anyone detained at New York airports, and ensure that their rights are protected.
"America is a nation of laws and those laws provide rights that must be respected and followed regardless of political ideology."
NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman also issued a statement:
"I applaud the stay ordered by Judge Donnelly of the Eastern District of New York regarding President Trump's dangerous and discriminatory executive action.
"Let me be clear: President Trump's executive action is unconstitutional and in clear violation of federal law, including both the Establishment Clause and the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. I will do everything within my power to help lead the fight to permanently strike it down.
"I will not allow voiceless refugees, and all those targeted by this reckless action, to be victimized by an unlawful, unconstitutional, and fundamentally un-American decree from the President."