New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took aim at the Trump administration over the treatment of migrant families and children at the U.S. border.
“We cannot wash away this stain on American history,” Cuomo wrote in a column for The New York Times.
“The Trump administration’s inhuman treatment of immigrant children has left a dark stain on the history of our nation. It is a human tragedy and a threat to our values,” the governor wrote.
The governor noted that Trump signed an executive order that rolled back his policy of children being separated from families at the border, but rejected that order as a solution to the issue.
“It still leaves open the long-term detention of immigrant children, which would clearly violate federal law. Moreover, you can’t un-abuse the more than 2,300 children who have been separated from their parents at the border with the swipe of a pen,” Cuomo wrote.
“We will not let what has been done go unanswered, and we will do everything we can to ensure that it never happens again. Together, we can reaffirm our commitment to the fundamental values that built this state and this nation,” Cuomo wrote.
On Tuesday, Cuomo announced that New York would file a lawsuit “for violating the constitutional rights of immigrant children and their families who have been separated at the border.”
“Our states has always served as a beacon of liberty and opportunity for the world, and the Lady of the Harbor holds her torch high not only to light the way for immigrants, but to light the way forward when our country is lost,” Cuomo wrote in The Times.
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