ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo urged national Democrats to reject any plans to build President Trump’s border wall — even if it was part of a deal to save “Dreamer” immigrants.
“Those Democrats in Washington better stand up and not build his wall,” Cuomo said Saturday at the annual Somos el Futuro gathering in Albany.
Cuomo said Trump’s proposed border wall was a symbol of the administration’s anti-immigrant policies and he accused the President of holding so-called Dreamer immigrants hostage to obtain funding for the wall.
Dreamers were part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program.
The governor said it would be acceptable to include increased border security measures as part of a deal to save DACA but not a wall.
“A wall is a political gesture,” Cuomo said, adding that it was “a symbol that we don’t want DACA’s here in the first place.”
Cuomo was honored at the Somos gathering for his efforts to aid Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria.
“I am ashamed as an American as to how we’ve responded to Puerto Rico,” Cuomo said, adding that the Trump administration’s poor response to the storm was a representative of its anti-immigrant policies.
During his remarks, Cuomo also slammed the city’s handling of Rikers Island and the beleaguered New York City Housing Authority, arguing that there has been a lack of outrage over both situations because they involve mostly poor people of color.