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Rhode Island looking down New Yorkers searching 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 and seek out anybody who has arrived within the tiny state from New York Metropolis through the coronavirus pandemic. State police, in the meantime, have begun pulling over automobiles with New York state plates.

Gov. Gina Raimondo mentioned anybody touring there from New York can be ordered to endure 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 mentioned 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 circumstances by late Friday compared to New York State’s total of more than 44,000, joined a bunch of different municipalities and states making an attempt bar entry to New Yorkers dwelling within the epicenter of the US’ coronavirus outbreak.

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

Cuomo mentioned he was against such restrictions, at the least inside the state.

“I don’t like it socially or culturally,” Cuomo mentioned 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 mentioned 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 mentioned.

“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 mentioned giving police energy to cease automobiles 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,” mentioned 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.