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Cuomo wants all immigrants to have access to representation

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Posted at 4:40 PM, Nov 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-21 16:40:40-05

Governor Cuomo is making a stand and speaking up for the rights of immigrants. He says diversity is a strength, not a weakness.

"If there is a move to deport immigrants then I say start with me," said Cuomo. "I am a son of immigrants. Son of Mario Cuomo, who is the son of Andrea Cuomo, a poor, Italian immigrant who came to this country without a job, without money, or resources and he was here only for the promise of America."

Cuomo plans to establish the nation's first emergency public/private legal defense fund to make sure all immigrants, regardless of status, have access to representation. He says if immigrants are deported, there will be no one left, because we are all immigrants.

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