Governor Invokes Archaic States’ Rights


“I wouldn’t even believe it’s legal. You have a provision, states’ rights, interstate commerce, etc. so it’s a preposterous idea…” I don’t believe it’s legal. I think it would be economic chaos. I don’t think the American people would stand for it.” New York Governor commenting on the federal government contemplating quarantining parts of the Northeast

Tenth Amendment

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Any power not listed… is left to the states… the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that laws affecting family relations… commerce that occurs within a state’s own borders, and local law enforcement activities, are among those specifically reserved to the states or the people.

Cuomo on a Potential Quarantine of the Northeast: ‘This Is a Civil War Type of Discussion’

Beth Baumann@eb454 Posted: Mar 28, 2020 7:30 PM

President Donald Trump on Saturday floated the idea of quarantining parts of the Northeast – New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut – as a means of preventing the Wuhan coronavirus from spreading outside that epicenter. Although Trump said he has yet to make a decision on whether or not he would move forward with a plan, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo – a Democrat who has repeatedly praised Trump’s handling of the virus – said he doesn’t believe the president will actually implement the proposal.

“I wouldn’t even believe it’s legal. You have a provision, states’ rights, interstate commerce, etc. so it’s a preposterous idea, frankly. And, again, it’s totally opposite [of] what the president wants to do, which is work with the states, help the states, get the economy running, and bring some sense of stability,” Cuomo explained during a segment on CNN. “You wouldn’t, at this point, literally fracture the entire nation because it’s not just New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, right?”

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If President Trump was serious about implementing this quarantine, Cuomo said he’d “guarantee” that the president would have called him to discuss the situation.

“We talk about relatively trivial matters when it comes to dealing with this situation,” the governor explained. “This is a civil war kind of discussion.”

The CNN host pressed Cuomo on whether or not he believed Trump would pull a trigger on a quarantine in the Northeast.

“I don’t believe that he could be serious, that any federal administration, could be serious about physical lockdowns of states or parts of states across this country,” he replied. “I don’t believe it’s legal. I think it would be economic chaos. I don’t think the American people would stand for it.”

Cuomo reiterated his thoughts that it would be impossible to quarantine various sections of the country. In his eyes, it’s only a matter of time before other major hot spots take place across the nation as testing increases.

“I don’t believe any serious governmental personality or professional would support it,” he said.

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