BY MARK BERGMAN | 10/12/2016 11:02:50At a news conference on Tuesday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said he would not be hiring new Iowa State employees, but would be looking to recruit from within the state’s workforce.
The announcement came as a blow to the state Republican Party, which has said it would be unlikely to support the governor in next year’s gubernatorial election.
“We’re not going to be hiring anyone,” Mr. Cuomo told reporters in Des Moines.
Mr. Cuomo, who took office in January, has been criticized for not being willing to embrace immigration reform, and in April he signed an executive order directing state agencies to prioritize efforts to deport undocumented immigrants. “
But, in fact, we have a whole lot of staff here that is very, very passionate about Iowa.”
Mr. Cuomo, who took office in January, has been criticized for not being willing to embrace immigration reform, and in April he signed an executive order directing state agencies to prioritize efforts to deport undocumented immigrants.
Last week, a group of lawmakers from both parties wrote to Mr. Moulton and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad urging them to reconsider their stance.
“While we welcome the Governor’s commitment to immigration reform and are encouraged by the Governor and others’ willingness to address this issue, we are deeply concerned about Governor Cuomo’s actions,” the letter said.
“In the past, governors have consistently prioritized the safety and security of their state’s citizens over the welfare of their constituents.
We hope that Governor Cuomo will reconsider his position on immigration reform.”
Mr, Cuomo said the governor’s administration was already making efforts to recruit new employees.
“This is not just about hiring people, it’s about getting to know them, getting to understand them and getting to the bottom of this, which is what we need to do,” he said.
“I am very pleased that the Governor is taking action to increase the diversity of our workforce, which includes hiring people from Iowa.”
The state party released a statement Tuesday, saying it would not endorse the governor or the GOP in next month’s election.
“Governor Cuomo has shown his contempt for the Iowa Republican Party and the people of Iowa by refusing to take steps to protect our borders,” the statement said.
The state Republican National Committee did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.
Democrats have made immigration reform a top priority for the next president, and Mr. O’thems decision to not hire new workers was seen as a major political blow.
“The Governor’s actions demonstrate that he does not believe that the Iowa state party should support the Governor in next November,” the Democratic Party of Iowa said in a statement.
“It’s a big blow for Iowa’s Republican Party as well.”
Republican Senator Joni Ernst said she was disappointed in Mr. Obama, who she called “a very skilled negotiator.”
“I think he is a good negotiator, but when you have a governor that is so hostile to the people, I don’t think he’s a very good negotiator,” she said.