Cuomo to assess Irma damage in US Virgin Islands

Faith Castro
September 17, 2017

Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order prohibiting state agencies or state officers from inquiring about or sharing a person's immigration status. He was there for a one-day visit.

The Governor has pledged to see how NY can provide assistance to jumpstart recovery in affected areas.

NY is sending National Guard troops and State Police to the U.S. Virgin Islands this weekend to help with the cleanup after Hurricane Irma destroyed much of the Caribbean islands.

Governor Mapp said, "In the wake of Hurricane Irma, I invited Governor Cuomo to the US Virgin Islands to tour the damage and assist in our recovery effort".

The governor announced that 100 National Guard troops and 30 State Police members will be dispatched to St. Thomas to help with security on the island. We have a special connection with NY, as more US Virgin Islands residents list their place of birth as NY than any other state in the nation. "God forbid, something happens in NY, we'll have them on the first aircraft back".

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NY has already deployed Air National Guard aircraft and personnel to help with search and rescue. 124 Airmen from the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York National Guard were deployed to Texas following Hurricane Harvey and separately to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Irma.

Cuomo planned to return home to New York Friday evening.

"We have a special connection with NY, as more US Virgin Islands residents list their place of birth as NY than any other state in the nation", he said.

The trip comes amid political speculation that Cuomo may consider a run for president in 2020 as he seeks a third term next year.

Steve Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition - which has organized a number of actions in response to Trump's immigration enforcement agenda - said the move is a "forceful statement from Governor Cuomo that immigrants are not the enemy".

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