New York Democrats and Bloomberg, but not Cuomo, praise Obama's immigration news
A number of prominent New York Democrats have released statements announcing their support for President Barack Obama's decision today to institute a sort of partial Dream Act by halting deportation young undocumented residents.
The formal announcement was made by Obama during a speech this afternoon in the Rose Garden, but the news broke this morning.
So far, Governor Andrew Cuomo, who supports the federal DREAM Act but has not supported the state version of the bill, has not commented on Obama's immigration news.
But his office has put out a number of statements today.
Between 10:57 a.m. and 3:08 p.m., his press office released ten statements, eight of them about grants to hospitals and nursing homes throughout the state: Western New York (1:38 a.m.), Finger Lakes (1:49 p.m.), Central New York (1:55 p.m.), Southern Tier (2:06 p.m.), Mohawk Valley (2:11 p.m.), Mid-Hudson Valley (2:57 p.m.), New York City (3:03 p.m.) and Long Island (3:08 p.m.). The two other announcements from Cuomo today were about a Chamber of Commerce report noting New York State's improved economic climate (10:57 a.m.) and the opening of the African-American Experience at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn (1:01 p.m.).
Here's a roundup of some other early reactions and the time I received them. (Schumer's statement was a tweet.)
11:25 a.m. Senator Chuck Schumer: "An historic day: no more deferring the DREAM, thanks to President Barack Obama"
11:30 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg: "long overdue, as are many common-sense reforms needed to center our immigration policy around our economic needs."
12:10 p.m. N.Y.C.L.U. Executive Director Donna Lieberman: "They should follow up today’s exciting announcement by enacting the DREAM Act."
12:35 p.m. Assemblyman Francisco Moya: "While this is not the DREAM Act and does not provide a pathway to full citizenship, this is a tremendous leap forward."
12:35 p.m. NYC Comptroller John Liu: "Creating paths to citizenship makes economic sense and is most certainly good for New York."
12:58 p.m. Black, Latino and Asian Caucus co-chair Councilman Robert Jackson: "This Executive Order by President Obama is a necessary step that validates the countless immigrants who help move this country forward."
BLA co-chair Councilman Fernando Cabrera: "This Executive Order will continue the American Dream for them."
1:21 p.m. Rep. Joe Crowley: "Today’s announcement is a great step forward in improving our nation’s immigration policy…This move not only is a significant step forward that will change the lives of young immigrants in New York City and throughout the country."
1:40 p.m. State Senator Gustavo Rivera: "Today we celebrate this incredible step forward for the Latino community and other immigrant communities alike. "
1:51 p.m. NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Council member Danny Dromm, Council member Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council member Ydanis Rodriguez: "Today’s immigration policy change by the Obama Administration signals an important turning point in our Nation’s history for the nearly 400,000 undocumented immigrant youth here in New York, many of whom call New York City their home." 1:55 p.m. Rep. Tim Bishop: "I voted to pass the DREAM Act in the House, and I support the President taking Executive action to give young people who came to America as children a chance to legally contribute to our society."
2:06 p.m. State Senator Adriano Espaillat: "As Congress continues to fail the American public, particularly on issues like immigration, it is welcome news that President Obama is acting."
2:13 p.m. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer: " It offers them a dignified path to employment and a freedom from the fear that they might be whisked off the streets and deported at any moment."
2:20 p.m. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: "Now it’s time for Congress to put politics and ideology aside and strengthen our nation’s future and national security by finally passing the DREAM Act.” 2:27 p.m. Rep. Charlie Rangel: "As a proud co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, I am thrilled by this announcement."