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Gov. Cuomo facing backlash for now supporting reopening the economy

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Monday, the same day as his 2021 State of the State speech, tweeted his support for reopening the economy despite his previous hesitancy toward reopening and his tightened COVID-19 restrictions during the holidays. For this, he is facing severe backlash from conservatives across Twitter.

In a statement posed to Twitter just before noon, the Empire State governor said that New York cannot afford to wait until the vaccine “hits critical mass” to reopen the economy.

“We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass,” he tweeted. “The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely.”

Back in November, before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, ahead of the holidays and amid COVID-19 cases spiking across the state and the country, Cuomo brought back coronavirus restrictions that ended indoor dining in New York City and further restricted the size of gatherings among other orders. In response to these restrictions, many restaurant and bar owners angrily protested.

While the tweet’s number of likes clocked in at 13,300 as of 2:28 pm (ET), the amount of quote tweets numbered at around 10,400, with most of them being critical of Cuomo’s statement.

Here are some of these tweets slamming the three-term governor:

https://twitter.com/robert_mariani/status/1348692308070256641?s=21

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Illegal migrants refuse to leave Denver encampments, make demands of city including ‘fresh, culturally appropriate’ food and free lawyers

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A group of illegal immigrants in Denver is not only refusing to leave encampments, but also have the audacity to take no actions until the city meets its demands. The migrants were organized enough to publish a document with 13 specific demands before they “acquiesce to Denver Human Services’ request to leave the encampments and move to more permanent shelters funded by the city” reports Fox News.

Demands were made following the Denver government obtaining a petition to have the migrants moved, according to the outlet. The Denver mayor has been under pressure from the city’s ongoing migrant crisis, making headlines and receiving stiff backlash earlier this year for proposing budget cuts to the city’s government, including cuts to the city’s police force, to fund more money for dealing with the city’s migrant crisis.

The list of demands was sent to Mayor Mike Johnston and included requests for provisions of “fresh, culturally appropriate” food, no time limits on showers and free immigration lawyers, the outlet reported. Further details of the demands read, “Migrants will cook their own food with fresh, culturally appropriate ingredients provided by the City instead of premade meals – rice, chicken, flour, oil, butter, tomatoes, onions, etc… Shower access will be available without time limits & can be accessed whenever… Medical professional visits will happen regularly & referrals/connections for specialty care will be made as needed.”

The migrants also insisted they get “connection to employment support, including work permit applications for those who qualify,” as well as “Consultations for each person/family with a free immigration lawyer.” The migrants insisted that if these are not met, they will not leave their tent community.

“At the end of the day, what we do not want is families on the streets of Denver,” Jon Ewing, a spokesman for Denver Human Services, told Fox 31.

The current encampment is situated “near train tracks and under a bridge,” Fox 31 noted, adding that it has been there for the last couple of weeks.

Ewing told Fox 31 the city just wants “to get families to leave that camp and come inside,” noting its offer will give migrants “three square meals a day” and the freedom to cook.

He also said the government is willing to work with people to compromise and help them figure out what kind of assistance they qualify for.

Ultimately, Ewing said, the city wants to work with migrants to determine, “What might be something that is a feasible path for you to success that is not staying on the streets of Denver?”

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