NJ/NY lawmakers announce bill to stop Port Authority from enforcing travel restrictions

State senators from New York and New Jersey have banded together to propose legislation that would prevent the Port Authority from enforcing President Donald Trump’s

State lawmakers from New York and New Jersey say they want to prevent the Port Authority from using its resources to enforce President Trump's travel restriction order.

State lawmakers from New York and New Jersey say they want to prevent the Port Authority from using its resources to enforce President Trump's travel restriction order. (2/1/17)

JERSEY CITY - State senators from New York and New Jersey have banded together to propose legislation that would prevent the Port Authority from enforcing President Donald Trump’s travel restriction order.

The lawmakers held a news conference Wednesday in Jersey City in view of the Statue of Liberty. They say the bill will try to stop federal agents from using Port Authority spaces, particularly the airports, to enforce the restrictions. They say they will even resort to shutting off the electricity if they have to.

“We will not contribute one penny of our resources. We will not allow our personnel to participate in this travesty,” said New York state Sen. Michael Gianaris.

Trump’s executive order restricts citizens from seven mostly-Muslim countries from entering the United States.

New Jersey state Sen. Loretta Weinberg, the daughter of a Ukrainian immigrant, says the order is unconstitutional.

“This beautiful site welcomed generations of immigrants before we got here and hopefully we'll be doing the same through our airports now more likely in the future,” she said.

Supporters of the order say that the countries listed were already named countries of concern under the Obama administration. They say that it is not a ban on the Muslim religion.

Governors from New York and New Jersey must sign off on the bill if it passes both Houses. New Jersey Republican lawmakers have already criticized the legislation.

A spokesman for Gov. Chris Christie would not comment specifically on whether the governor would consider this legislation.

Christie on Tuesday said the travel restriction rollout was "terrible" and it "caused confusion” but also said it shouldn't be used by critics for "political gain."

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

A North Jersey Coast Line train struck a 1 Family escapes car before it's hit by train
VIDEO: Sneak peek at new Seaside Heights roller 2 VIDEO: Sneak peek of new Seaside Heights roller coaster
VIDEO: Deal reached on Rockland sheriff's deputies contract 3 VIDEO: Deal reached on Rockland sheriff's deputies contract
VIDEO: Yonkers Mayor Spano delivers State of the 4 VIDEO: Yonkers Mayor Spano delivers State of the City address, Part 1
The HYDRUS roller coaster is nearing completion at 5 Crews conduct test runs of new Casino Pier roller coaster

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Renaissance House Gov. Christie criticizes Trump travel restrictions

Gov. Chris Christie is criticizing President Donald Trump’s executive order that temporarily restricts citizens from

President Trump has fires acting Attorney General Sally Trump fires acting Attorney General Sally Yates

President Donald Trump has fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she announced she would

Citizens of these seven nations are restricted from KIYC: Trump’s executive order restricting entry into US explained

President Donald Trump’s recent executive order restricting travel into the United States has caused a

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik Former NYPD commissioner supports Trump’s travel order

The former commissioner of the NYPD says that he supports President Donald Trump’s executive order

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE