Cuomo Bans State Agencies from Asking About Immigration Status

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Governor Cuomo has issued an Executive Order Friday that prohibits state agencies and officers from inquiring about, or disclosing, an individual's immigration status unless required by law or necessary to determine eligibility for a benefit or service. 

Law enforcement officers will also be prohibited from inquiring about immigration status unless investigating illegal criminal activity.

The prohibition against inquiring into status includes, but is not limited to, when an individual approaches a law enforcement officer seeking assistance, is the victim of a crime, or is witness to a crime.

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