Cuomo bans state workers from asking about immigration status

NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

He says that as leaders in Washington "squabble" over immigration reform, NY is taking action to protect New Yorkers of all backgrounds from what he calls "unwarranted" targeting by government.

Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order prohibiting state agencies or state officers from inquiring about or sharing a person's immigration status.

The order also prevents state employees, including members of law enforcement, from disclosing "information to federal immigration authorities for the objective of federal civil immigration enforcement, unless required by law".

"New York became the Empire State due to the contributions of immigrants from every corner of the globe and we will not let the politics of fear and intimidation divide us", Cuomo said.

The order states: "The reporting of unlawful activity by immigrant witnesses and victims is critical to strengthening ties between immigrants and law enforcement, reducing crime, and enhancing the State's ability to protect the safety of all of its residents".

The governor noted that in March, he started the Liberty Defense Project, the United States' first public-private immigrant legal defense initiative, which is supported by more than $10 million in funding via a statewide network of attorneys and advocacy organizations.

The Democratic governor says "New Yorkers stand with the U.S. Virgin Islands in their time of need". The administration will process applications already submitted, and Trump called on Congress to pass immigration legislation within the next six months.

"Governor Cuomo's executive order gives immigrants who have entered our beloved country illegally his blessing to disregard the rule of law and allows illegal immigrants to reap the benefits created by a society that is based on the rule of law", Long said.

"The governor understands that it will not make New Yorkers safer when working people avoid law enforcement and state government for fear of deportation", Choi said in a statement.

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