New York State is setting up a hotline, and providing legal assistance, to those affected by President Trump's travel ban, as well as their families.
1-888-769-7243 is the number that families of those coming into the country can call so they can find out the status of their loved ones, if they suspect they were detained due to the ban.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo had called a press conference Sunday afternoon to introduce legislation to protect airport workers' rights in the wake of a JFK Airport passenger allegedly attacking a Muslim Delta employee Wednesday night.
Cuomo was then asked at the conference about the protests Saturday night at the airport railing against Trump's executive order.
Trump's order, which he signed Friday, bans entry to the United States by residents of seven Muslim-majority countries — Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen —for the next 90 days.
The Queens-native's executive order also bans U.S. entry of those fleeing war-torn Syria indefinitely, and bans the admission of all refugees for the next four months
Cuomo acknowledged that the state has to abide by the executive order, and there are limits to what the state can do to fight it.
However, the governor said his counsel's office and the Port Authority will provide assistance to those detained when coming from one of the seven countries.
Cuomo said just before 3 p.m. Sunday that the state does yet not have a solid number of how many people have been detained at JFK Airport.
They believe six people have been held at the airport, but the executive director of the Port Authority, Pat Foye, said the federal government has put a chokehold on providing that kind of information.
Cuomo said the travel ban personally offends him. "As a New Yorker, I am Muslim. As a New Yorker, I am Jewish. As a New Yorker, I am black, I am gay, I am disabled, I am a woman seeking to control her health and her choices. Because as a New Yorker, we are one community. The New York community is composed of all the above."
Cuomo also said at the press conference that he had to jump in Saturday night because there was a safety situation due to about 5,000 people gathering to protest the travel ban spontaneously.
The governor said he wants to make sure people have the right to assemble safely.