On Friday New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) signed an executive order that prevents authorities from asking individuals for their immigration status.
Immigrants have become scared and are not coming to the police when they witness a crime or when they’re victims of a crime. This is because they worry that police will ask them for their legal status, but Cuomo’s order will change that.
The order will not only prevent authorities from asking about immigration in situations where the person is seeking help, but it will also stop state employees from disclosing the data unless they are required to by law and investigating illegal activity.
The order does have a limitation and does not apply to when officials need to determine legal status to see if an individual is eligible for a benefit or service.
Cuomo said in a statement:
“As Washington squabbles over rolling back sensible immigration policy, we are taking action to help protect all New Yorkers from unwarranted targeting by the government. 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 and other New York officials were critical of Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The governor and New York Attorney General Eric Scneiderman have both threatened to sue the Trump Administration over the decision.