Governor Andrew Cuomo said his office will provide legal counsel for immigrants detained in New York airports and announced a hotline for families unsure if loved ones are detained.
Officials believe six people were detained as of Sunday afternoon, after an executive order Saturday from President Donald Trump barred all refugees from entering the United States for four months.
Additionally, the order halted refugees from Syria, in an effort to keep out “radical Islamic terrorists,” according to an AP report.
In a live press conference Sunday, Cuomo said attorneys from his office and the Port Authority are available for counsel, to ensure the legal rights of detainees are protected.
He said the ban on immigrants goes against “the essence of who we are,” as New Yorkers.