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Cuomo offers legal aid to airport detainees, protection for transit workers

Cuomo offers legal aid to airport detainees, protection for transit workers”

Governor Andrew Cuomo said he will provide legal council for immigrants detained in NY airports and announced a hotline for families unsure if loved ones are detained.

Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced the creation of a confidential toll-free hotline through which New Yorkers may report people who are missing or may be detained on flights coming into the state.

As of Sunday afternoon, six people were still being detained at JFK International Airport, said Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port of Authority of NY and New Jersey, which operates the airport. President Trump singed the controversial executive order that halted refugees and residents from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.

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In a live press conference Sunday, Cuomo said attorneys from his office and the Port Authority are available for council, to ensure the legal rights of detainees are protected. "The New York community is composed of all of the above", Cuomo said, responding to President Trump's executive order. "As a New Yorker, I am Muslim".

The legislative proposal comes after a MA man allegedly assaulted a Muslim employee at Kennedy Airport in NY.

Cuomo did not address the President's order specifically in his statements, but when asked about it by a reporter said, "this is the exact opposite of what I believe".

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One of the detainees has sense been released, but crowds have continued to grow. "Unless you're Native American, you're an immigrant". State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has pledged similar assistance. The ban involves the countries of Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Iran, Iraq and Yemen. I have directed the Port Authority, the Department of State, and my Counsel's Office to jointly explore all legal options to assist anyone detained at NY airports, and ensure that their rights are protected.

Rabeeya Khan was sitting in her office in the lounge at Kennedy Airport on January 25 when she was attacked by a passenger who mocked her religion and invoked the name of Donald Trump, officials said, according to a report from the New York Daily News.

The governor repeated implied that Trump's executive order flies in the face of a nation built by immigrants.

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