New York Pledges Free Legal Help for Immigrants


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo  says he'll make lawyers available to people detained at New York airports under President Trump’s travel ban. The governor calls it the Liberty Defense Project.  Meanwhile, the state is joining 16 others and the District of Columbia in suing the Trump Administration over its separation of children from illegal immigrant parents.

The Supreme Court's ruling allows for travel restrictions involving people coming from six predominantly Muslim countries, and Venezuela, based on security concerns.  

Cuomo called the policy discriminatory and rooted in religious bias.  In a 5-4 split, the Supreme Court justices maintained that the ban involved legitimate state interests.

New York has joined a coalition of 18 state attorneys general across the country suing the Trump Administration for breaking up illegal immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexican border.

Governor Cuomo called the treatment of the illegals "horrendous" and "unconstitutional." He said New York will challenge the policy every step of the way. The multistate suit charges the Trump Administration has violated the constitutional due process rights of the parents and children by separating them as a matter of course, and without any finding that the parent poses a threat to the children.

The governor's office says more than 320 children who have been separated from their parents at the southern border are currently residing in New York State, in the care of 11 different provider agencies. 

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