New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo failed at his attempt to proclaim solidarity with immigrants when he declared himself “undocumented” and challenged officials to deport him.
The 60-year-old Democrat was born and raised in New York but didn’t let facts deter him from his eyebrow-raising speech at a bill-signing ceremony last week.
The New York City native was born in Queens to parents who were also born in New York. His father, Mario Cuomo, was a successful lawyer before entering politics and becoming the governor of New York.
“I’m an Italian-American. I came from poor Italian-Americans who came here. You know what they called Italian-Americans back in the day? They called them wops,” Cuomo continued, noting the slur. “You know what wop stood for? Without papers.”
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