New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was born Dec. 6, 1957 in Queens, N.Y. His father, Mario, who was elected governor of the state before him, was likewise born in Queens, on June 15, 1932. His parents, Andrea and Immaculata, were in turn born in the Campagnia region of Italy and emigrated to the U.S. legally, through Ellis Island.
Somehow in spite of his lineage, which makes him a second-generation American, Andrew Cuomo insists that he is an illegal alien and challenges authorities to deport him.
In a bizarre rant last week, Cuomo also claimed he came “from poor Italian-Americans [sic] who came here.” But his grandfather, who owned a store in South Jamaica, Queens, was a successful businessman, and his father, who served three terms as governor, reported a net worth of about $525,000 in 1990. Adjusted for inflation, that amount would translate today to close to $1 million.
Cuomo’s fanciful tale wasn’t limited to his own family. He also found time to dredge up the false etymology of the racial slur wop as meaning “without papers.” In fact, the origin of the term is unknown.
This sob story was meant to embarrass the “extreme conservative movement,” which Cuomo accused of being “anti-immigrant.”
Cuomo has beat this drum before. In a statement on the crisis in Puerto Rice six months ago he declared himself to be an immigrant, and in a speech six months before that, he said, “If there is a move to deport immigrants, then I say then start with me.”
This time around he received pushback, but not from conservatives. According to Fox News, Cuomo’s remarks were challenged by an advocacy group for “Dreamers” called “Make the Road Action.” Antonio Alarcon, a spokesman for that group, is quoted as saying:
For those of us who came to this country with our parents to find a better life, and have struggled daily to get by and faced the threat of being torn from our family, it’s unbelievable that the governor would try to claim to have shared our experience.