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Cuomo, Schneiderman offer legal assistance to detainees affected by Trump's order

Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers remarks at the New York Leadership 100 luncheon to inaugurate Catholic Charities Centennial in New York City Sunday

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is offering his top attorneys to help defend detainees and their families affected by President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigrants.

The assistance comes in the midst of the second day of protests across the nation, including at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Syracuse Hancock International Airport.

Cuomo offered the aid of the lawyers in his office to provide any assistance needed to detainees and their families caught up in Trump’s order that has left many immigrants and refugees stranded.

In response to confusion over how the order is carried out, or prevented by federal judicial orders, the governor has set up a hotline for families who are trying to locate a relative who might be stranded.

“They have rights to due process, they have equal protection rights,” Cuomo said. “And those rights have to be protected.”

Cuomo did not mention Trump by name.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is also offering assistance to detainees’ attorneys. He, along with attorneys general from 14 other states, condemned the executive order as “unconstitutional, un-American and unlawful.”

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.