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Rhode Island looking down New Yorkers looking for coronavirus refuge

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Any New Yorkers in there?

Rhode Island plans to ship the National Guard out to knock door-to-door in an try to search out anybody who has arrived within the tiny state from New York Metropolis in the course of the coronavirus pandemic. State police, in the meantime, have begun pulling over vehicles with New York state plates.

Gov. Gina Raimondo stated anybody touring there from New York might be ordered to bear a 14-day quarantine and will face fines and even jail time in the event that they’re discovered to not comply.

“Right now we have a pinpointed risk,” Raimondo stated at a information convention Friday. “That risk is called New York City.”

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“Right now we have a pinpointed risk. That risk is called New York City.”

— Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo speaks to reporters at the Rhode Island Statehouse, March 22, 2020, in Providence. (Associated Press)

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo speaks to reporters on the Rhode Island Statehouse, March 22, 2020, in Windfall. (Related Press)

Rhode Island, which had some 162 confirmed instances by late Friday compared to New York State’s total of more than 44,000, joined a bunch of different municipalities and states attempting bar entry to New Yorkers residing within the epicenter of the US’ coronavirus outbreak.

The Hamptons, counties north of town, and governors in Florida, Maryland, Texas and South Carolina have all additionally ordered New Yorkers to maintain out or bear necessary two-week quarantines.

Cuomo stated he was against such restrictions, not less than throughout the state.

“I don’t like it socially or culturally,” Cuomo stated throughout a radio look Friday on WAMC. “I don’t like what it says about us as one state, one family. Also, I don’t believe it’s medically justified.”

In Rhode Island, Raimondo maintained she’s inside her emergency powers to impose the aggressive measures and stated she had consulted with state attorneys.

“I know it’s unusual. I know it’s extreme and I know some people disagree with it,” she stated.

“If you want to seek refuge in Rhode Island, you must be quarantined.”

“I know it’s unusual. I know it’s extreme and I know some people disagree with it. If you want to seek refuge in Rhode Island, you must be quarantined.”

— Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo

However the American Civil Liberties Union stated giving police energy to cease vehicles merely for having New York license plates is an “ill-advised and unconstitutional plan.”

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“While the Governor may have the power to suspend some state laws and regulations to address this medical emergency, she cannot suspend the Constitution,” stated Steven Brown, the chief director of the ACLU of Rhode Island, in an announcement.

“Under the Fourth Amendment, having a New York state license plate simply does not, and cannot, constitute ‘probable cause’ to allow police to stop a car and interrogate the driver, no matter how laudable the goal of the stop may be,” Brown added.