Cynthia Nixon has promised to turn New York into ‘a real sanctuary state’ for undocumented migrants in a swipe at Andrew Cuomo, her rival for the Democratic nomination.
The ex-Sex and the City actress areas including New York City for already adopting so-called ‘sanctuary’ legislation but blamed Cuomo, the current governor, for failing to take it up on a statewide level.
This and similar pro-immigrant measures would help turn the state into a ‘progressive bastion’, Nixon said during a speech in Rochester on Thursday.
‘All of these things that we should have done and that New Yorkers want us do, that’s why I am running.
‘Times up on progressive change and waiting for progressive change in New York,’ Nixon said, according to a report in the New York Daily News.
In the same speech Nixon also demanded more money for schools and renewable energy, and new laws to create a single-tier health system.
The New York Assembly passed sanctuary state legislation last year, but this was thrown out in the Republican-controlled senate.
Cuomo has been accused of preventing sanctuary legislation from going through the Senate by allowing a controversial power-sharing deal between Republicans and a breakaway group of Democrats.
The Independent Democratic Conference joined Republicans in a ‘majority coalition’ in return for leadership positions and lucrative stipends. It lasted for seven years before ending earlier this month.
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