New York’s Governor Defies Trump After Trump Promises Imminent Mass Deportations

Desperate to make his racist constituents happy by deporting brown people in mass, Donald Trump announced late last night that his administration will move forward with mass deportations of non-criminals imminently, “Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in.” As if separating families at the border was bad enough, Trump now wants to ruin otherwise peaceful families working and living here, many of which even work at his own properties.

In response, New York is moving to try and protect undocumented immigrants living within the state. This week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that grants undocumented immigrants the right to obtain a driver’s license. The move came shortly after the Democrat-led New York Senate approved the controversial measure 33-29.

The bill will take effect in 180 days and will not only grant undocumented immigrants access to drivers’ licenses but will also allow them to apply for a license by using “foreign documents such as passports,” according to the Rochester newspaper. New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins issued a statement praising the vote as the “right step forward for New York state.”

“Today, we passed legislation restoring the right for all qualified drivers to obtain drivers licenses regardless of immigration status,” she said. “By passing this needed legislation, we are growing our economy while at the same time making our roads safer. This is the right step forward for New York State as we continue to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform on the federal level.”

Along with this bill, Governor Cuomo is going to work with New York Solicitor General Barbara Underwood to review the data collection for giving undocumented immigrants licenses to, “assure us that the federal government will not be able to access the information or subpoena the information.”

“You create a driver’s license for undocumented people, you just have to make sure you do it in a way that the feds don’t come in the next day and access that database with the exact opposite intention,” he said in an interview on radio station WAMC.

This will not fully protect undocumented immigrants from deportation, but it will certainly help. The refusal of new York state to hand over information to Trump’s administration and ICE will further inhibit their ability to carry out these fascist style mass deportations.

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