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Queens state officials craft legislation to push back against Trump

Jan. 30, 2017 By Hannah Wulkan

Several local politicians have plans to propose legislation to fight back against some of President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration.

Assembly Member Nily Rozic, who represents parts of Kew Gardens Hills, Fresh Meadows and Bayside, has plans to introduce legislation in Albany this week that would prohibit the state from entering in to any contracts with companies working on Trump’s Mexican border wall, which he ordered to be built last week.

The legislation would require that the state keep a list of all companies involved with the border wall, and in addition to prohibiting contracts with them, would also prohibit certain public funds from being invested in the companies.

Rozic said that the legislation would be an “important step in pushing back against hateful, anti-immigrant rhetoric.”

State Senator Michael Gianaris, who represents much of Astoria, Long Island City and Sunnyside, also plans to fight back against one of Trump’s executive orders, and has plans to introduce legislation that would prohibit the Port Authority from expending any resources on Trump’s travel ban.

Trump signed an executive order on Saturday that barred citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days, and barred any refugees from entering the country for the next 120 days.

Though the order initially applied to a massive group, including those entering the country legally and those with green cards, some of those aspects have since been scaled back due to an order from a federal judge.

Gianaris, whose own parents immigrated to the United States from Greece, came out strongly against Trump’s order.

“President Trump’s executive order is as un-American as it gets and it falls upon each of us to take any measures at our disposal to resist by any legal means,” Gianaris said in a statement. “The State of New York should not spend one penny in support of this unconstitutional federal effort and I will fight to make sure we don’t.”

His new legislation would prohibit the Port Authority from supporting the federal effort in any way, including through supporting personnel, the use of airport facilities under its control or the provision of electricity and climate control in areas of the airport being used for the detentions.

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Petey Pablo

Who are all these racists in JH/Queens? Do yourselves a favor and move if diversity makes you so ill.

So sorry you had to deal with another 8 years of peace and prosperity under a Democratic president.

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John Astoria

Thank you Michael Gianaris and Nily Rozic for your leadership. History will smile upon those who stand up to this tyrant.

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TreM

We will fight you! You’ll see. Federal troops will pour soon into sanctuary cities and we citizens militias will help purge you traitors out of our country.

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Bernice Sanders

Yay Nily Rozic and Michael Gianaris! I hope all politicians push back against Trump!

DEPORT DONALD!!!

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Sara

No we will have civil war first! We cannot live with you Leftwing traitors! We stood by for 8 years while your Obama dismantled the US we will bring the US back from the dead. No you complain and whine. Pack your bags and move to Canada because for the first time since 1865 we will fight you Communists!

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Ellinas

Gianaris you are a traitor to the US you are corrupt ND And Pasok Greek parties! Trump will double down and is correct. There’s nothing that you can do about it! So stop whining and work with not against the President.

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