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Cuomo bans state agencies from asking about immigration status

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2017, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement near Tarrytown, N.Y. FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2017, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement near Tarrytown, N.Y. | Photo: AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File.

September 15, 2017 10:52 AM

As debate rages in the United States about "sanctuary cities," Gov. Cuomo has decided to address immigration issues at the state level. He signed an order Friday morning that prohibits state agencies from inquiring about someone's immigration status.

"As Washington squabbles over rolling back sensible immigration policy, we are taking action to help protect all New Yorkers from unwarranted targeting by government," Cuomo said in a statement.

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The order also forbids law enforcement officers from asking about immigration status. The exception would be if they're investigating a crime. But this order would protect people who are seeking help, are victims of a crime or are witnesses to a crime.

State agencies and offices are still allowed ask about immigration status when required by law to determine if someone is eligible to receive certain benefits or services.

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