New York Governor Andrew Cuomo described himself as an immigrant during an interview with MSNBC on Monday, despite being born in New York.
Discussing the need for aid to Puerto Rico, Cuomo said there was a great deal of anti-immigration rhetoric and said the people of New York wanted to help Puerto Rico following the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
“New York is prepared to do whatever we can do to help. We believe in immigration in New York. We are a state of immigrants. I am an immigrant. I’m wholly against this anti-immigrant fever that has been stoked during the political campaign,” Cuomo said.
Asked if he was prepared for peoplefrom Puerto Rico to move to New York, the governor said he was ready to help.
However, Puerto Ricans already have American citizenship and can freely move to the U.S.
Officials are now requesting Congress to approve an aid package that will be made available to Puerto Rico in order to avert a humanitarian crisis after the natural disaster.
It is not the first time the New York-born governor, whose grandfather emigrated to the U.S. from Italy, has described himself as an immigrant and has remained outspoken on immigration issues, much to the delight of his supporters.