ALBANY – New York officials on Monday continued to protest the federal immigration order put in place late Friday, calling it unconstitutional and vowing to fight it in the courts.
The state’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman joined 15 other attorneys general from across the nation to oppose President Trump’s order to bar citizens from seven nations from entering the country.
Schneiderman said New York is still trying to figure out who has been detained at New York airport and to find ways to get their proper legal representation.
“We are all in agreement that portions of this executive order are unconstitutional and ultimately will be struck down,” Schneiderman said Monday on CBS’ “This Morning.”
“We are very concerned about people who will be hurt between now and that ultimate ruling.”
State Democratic leaders, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, vowed to fight for the rights of immigrants caught up in the federal order from the seven countries, which are mainly Muslim: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.
The state started a hotline Sunday to help immigrants with information: 1-888-769-7243.
“We welcome new immigrants to this country, and we do it on a daily basis,” Cuomo said Sunday.
“We see them as a…
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