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Support from the City, State, and Nation

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Support from the City, State, and Nation

Governor Andrew Cuomo

"As a New Yorker, I am a Muslim. As a New Yorker, I am Jewish. As a New Yorker, I am black, I am gay, I am disabled, I am a woman seeking to control her health and her choices because as a New Yorker we are one community and the New York community is composed of all of the above."

Mayor Bill de Blasio

"As an American and the grandson of immigrants I am profoundly saddened by the President’s Executive Order on immigration issued today. The United States has been a beacon of hope to the world. We are a country founded on the belief of religious pluralism and equality. Today the President sent a shamefully different message. He has temporarily suspended nearly all refugee admissions, indefinitely banned refugee admissions from Syria, and imposed a 90-day ban on all immigration from a number of Muslim-majority countries. These policies do not reflect the values of the United States or of New York City. We must continue to embrace refugees in need who are victims of terror, not terrorists. We must protect and celebrate religious pluralism. In this great city of immigrants we will remain true to our values and always welcome all who yearn to breathe free."

Chancellor James B. Milliken

"CUNY will take no action to assist in the enforcement of the immigration laws except as required by law;

"CUNY will protect student record information in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act;

"CUNY will not turn over student information to immigration enforcement authorities except pursuant to court order;

"CUNY will not request or gather information about students’ citizenship or immigration status in the course of providing educational or other services or in connection with public safety activities except as required in connection with tuition or financial aid eligibility;

"and CUNY will not permit immigration enforcement officials to enter its campuses except to the extent required by a warrant or court order. "

CUNY Board of Trustees

"CUNY’s Board of Trustees reaffirms its long-standing commitment to welcoming, protecting and supporting our students, faculty and staff who are foreign nationals, immigrants or refugees. We remain committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and will steadfastly continue to offer a welcoming environment for students of all backgrounds. CUNY will take any steps available under the law to protect and support our undocumented students.

"In these uncertain times, CUNY must and will remain a beacon of hope for so many trying to achieve the American Dream. This Executive Order will not threaten our core values as we strive to ensure that opportunity is preserved for all students, faculty and staff."

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

"The Executive Order hurts New York’s educational institutions and prevents New York students from continuing their studies. The proposed complaint notes that the travel ban stifles the open exchange of knowledge, ideas, and scholarship between New York educational institutions and affected countries, and cites the extraordinary number of international students enrolled in the state’s many universities. Students from the seven affected countries are estimated to contribute $30.4 million a year to New York State’s economy. The complaint highlights the stories of a number of students whose studies have been interrupted by the travel ban."