NEW YORK, NY – Today, January 3rd, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave his 2018 State of the State address in Albany to set his agenda for the year. In his remarks, Governor Cuomo gave a shout out to the rollback of federal protections and programs like DACA and mentioned passing a New York State version of the Dream Act, but omitted immigrant protections in his criminal justice platform, and other vital services for immigrants.
Steven Choi, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, issued the following statement:
“New York’s 4.4 million immigrants are under daily attack by the Trump administration. While the Governor pledged his renewed support for a state Dream Act and for protecting New York's DACA recipients, he neglected to call for increased protections against federal immigration agents in courthouses, hospitals, and our communities. New York State, as America’s gateway to immigrants, and home to the nation’s second-largest immigrant population, must reclaim a leadership role in protecting immigrants from the relentless and cruel attacks from the Trump Administration."