He uttered the words in November, not long after Republican Donald Trump was elected president.
Now that Trump has taken office, Andrew Cuomo — the outspoken liberal Democratic governor of New York — repeated them in a tweet Wednesday: "If there is a move to deport immigrants, I say then start with me."
As I’ve said before, I say again today, if there is a move to deport immigrants, I say then start with me. https://t.co/elejUuKS9J— Andrew Cuomo (@Andrew Cuomo) 1485383094.0
Here’s what Cuomo said in the clip:
If there is a move to deport immigrants, then I say then start with me because I am the son of Mario Cuomo, the son of Andrea Cuomo, a poor Italian immigrant, who came to this country without a job, without money, without resources. And he was here only for the promise of America. And if we’re going to question immigrants, and deport immigrants, then who is safe? And who is left? Because we are all immigrants.
Curiously — or perhaps not-so-curiously — Cuomo didn't employ the adjective "undocumented" when saying the word "immigrants" — and certainly not "illegal."
And given that he and his father were born in the U.S., you might say the "immigrant" designation doesn't exactly apply to them.
But let us not quibble.
(H/T: Young Conservatives)