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New York Declared Sanctuary; Trump Immigration Plans Face Backlash

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared the state a sanctuary for immigrants, Muslims and LGBT genders, in defiance of Donald Trump. (Photo: Getty)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared the state a sanctuary for immigrants, Muslims and LGBT genders, in defiance of Donald Trump. (Photo: Getty)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared today (Nov. 15) the entire state a sanctuary for immigrants, Muslims and gay Americans. He joined a growing list of city mayors who are refusing to support Donald Trump’s draconian immigration plans.

Cuomo said in an open letter to New York state residents that he would “fight against the targeting of Muslims, immigrants, the LGBTQ community and for the rights of all Americans.”

“As New Yorkers, we have fundamentally different philosophies than what Donald Trump laid out in his campaign, Cuomo wrote in a Facebook post.

“So let me be absolutely clear: If anyone feels that they are under attack, I want them to know that the state of New York – the state that has the Statue of Liberty in its harbor – is their refuge,” he added.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a liberal Democrat, also pledged to rein in any Trump excesses.

“We’re not going to take anything lying down,” de Blasio said. “Anything we see as a threat, we’re going to fight.”

Mostly Democratic Mayors of the nation’s largest cities have made similar pledges since Trump announced Sunday (Nov. 13) in a CBS “60 Minutes” interview that he planned to initially deport 3 million illegal immigrants.

Trump has threatened to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid to state and local jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with his deportation plans, according to reports.

Among the nation’s mayors refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities are Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel and Seattle’s Ed Murray Providence, RI, Mayor Jorge Elorza and Newark’s Ras Baraka .

Other sanctuary cities include Philadelphia, San Francisco and Minneapolis. In all, more than 400 cities and communities around the country provide some type of sanctuary protection, according to the National Immigration Law Center in Washington, D.C.

Currently no federal law exists requiring state and local law enforcement authorities to report illegal immigrants to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorities.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said yesterday his the department would not assist deportation efforts by the federal government, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Beck also said the department would continue to enforce a longstanding policy forbidding officers from stopping people to determine their immigration status.

Read on for the full text of Cuomo’s letter:

“Those of us who have spent time in politics know that losing is part of the experience. Still, Secretary Hillary Clinton’s defeat on Tuesday was a particularly difficult experience, heartbreaking and bewildering and indeed frightening all at once. I wanted to share some thoughts on how we must acquit ourselves in the days ahead.

As Clinton said, when Donald Trump takes office, we will owe him an open mind and a chance to lead. The fate of the ship always takes precedence over the identity of the captain, and we must loyally do our part to protect the ship.

The night he became commander-in-chief, Donald Trump said he wanted to be President of all Americans. Despite the divisiveness of the campaign, he has an opportunity to live up to that promise by acting first on issues where there is common ground with his opponents. He said he wants to govern on behalf of forgotten Americans, and any time he does that, he can count on both Democrats and Republicans to help him achieve success.

Trump also said that he wants to rebuild America’s infrastructure. In that effort, he will find New York a willing partner as the Tappan Zee Bridge, a new La Guardia Airport, a new cross-Hudson Tunnel, and a revitalized Penn Station continue to rise.

But while we honor America by honoring the results of the election, we will fight as fiercely as we can, at every opportunity that presents itself, to reject the hateful attitudes that pervaded throughout the 2016 campaign. We cannot unhear what we have heard. The voices of the Ku Klux Klan, white nationalism, authoritarianism, misogyny and xenophobia. A generally disdainful view of American ideals.

We all hoped that when we woke up on Nov. 9 the ugliness of this campaign season would finally be gone. But on the day after Election Day, a swastika and the words “make America white again” appeared, spray painted on a softball dugout in Wellsville — in our state of New York.

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