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Find Law states the following regarding Immigration:   Immigration is regulated at the federal level, chiefly under the rules established in 1952 with the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 was enacted to curb illegal immigration, denying welfare benefits to undocumented immigrants and strengthening sanctions against employers who hire them.  The U.S. Congress has control over all immigration-related regulations, while the White House is in charge of enforcing immigration laws.

President-elect Donald J. Trump ran on a platform of ending illegal immigration in the United States.  According to the statement above, Mr. Trump's responsibility is to enforce immigration laws, which we know the current administration has been lax in doing. 

Our current Governor stated yesterday that New York will take specific steps to highlight what he says has been the state’s role as "the social conscience" of the nation.  The governor said he will be proposing a new "public/private legal defense fund" that will be available to immigrants who are unable to afford legal services. The plan will be included in his proposed 2017 state budget that he will unveil in January.  The taxpayers of New York will be forced to pay the legal bills of people who are not necessarily here legally

  Gov. Cuomo earned his law degree in 1982 from Albany Law School but apparently skipped the class that said illegal immigration is a crime and that the federal law is the supreme law of the land.

The governor decried the anger and anxiety that Mr. Trump's election created, yet his statements encourage the anger by ignoring the rule of law.  Cuomo's statement yesterday plays to the anarchy the demonstrators want.

What gives an elected official the right to pick and choose the laws to follow?  If they have that right, don't we all have the same rights.  Governor Cuomo had the audacity to say "If there is a move to deport immigrants, I say then start with me," because he is the grandson of immigrants.  Governor Cuomo did more with this speech to stir the anger and hatred of the demonstrators while claiming to lead the way in stopping the anger.  Shameful rhetoric from a man who exploits a situation for personal gain. 

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