NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has offered New York as a refuge to anyone who feel threatened or under attack during Donald Trump’s four-year presidency.
“As New Yorkers, we have fundamentally different philosophies than what Donald Trump laid out in his campaign,” Cuomo wrote in an email to members of the New York State Democratic Committee Saturday.
“So let me be absolutely clear: If anyone feels that they are under attack, I want them to know that the state of New York – the state that has the Statue of Liberty in its harbor – is their refuge.”
“Whether you are gay or straight, Muslim or Christian, rich or poor, black or white or brown, we respect all people in the state of New York.”
“It’s the very core of what we believe and who we are. But it’s not just what we say, we passed laws that reflect it, and we will continue to do so, no matter what happens nationally. We won’t allow a federal government that attacks immigrants to do so in our state.”
Cuomo also posted the message on his Facebook page, which has received more than 73,000 reactions. His statement comes just days after Donald Trump was elected president, beating democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Saturday was the fourth day of anti-Trump protests nationwide. Thousands of demonstrators, from New York to Los Angeles, have been taking the streets to protest the election results.
In New York, angry crowds — some carrying signs with messages such as “Not my president” — marched to Trump Tower, the President-elect’s home.
For part of the march, they chanted, “Donald Trump go away. Racist — sexist – anti-gay.”
Cuomo’s statement echoes Mayor Bill de Blasio’s comments on illegal immigrants. De Blasio said Thursday during a news conference that the database containing the identity of undocumented immigrants living in New York City would not be opened up to a Trump administration without a “real fight.” He also left open the possibility that the database, which holds personal information from the more than 850,000 New Yorkers who have a city municipal identification card, could be scrubbed.
Early in his campaign, in 2015, Trump announced that he would deport all of the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US by creating a “deportation task force” within Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Trump later altered his plan and said he would be “focused on identifying and quickly removing the most dangerous criminal illegal aliens in America.” He said he would boost the ranks of agents to enforce existing laws. Trump has said he is against any amnesty for the undocumented.
CNN contributed to this report.