Andrew Cuomo’s ‘undocumented’ imagination

Andrew Cuomo’s ‘undocumented’ imagination

Count Gov. Cuomo among the many gullible people who apparently believe everything they read on the Internet. And also among those who think they can change their identities simply by “identifying” as something else.

In recent days, the governor — feeling increasing heat from the Democrats’ hard-left wing — has taken to calling himself the “undocumented” son of “poor immigrants.”

As if he didn’t have a valid US passport, Social Security card, New York driver’s license and birth certificate — all things that the truly undocumented lack.

Now, this is not part of his “I am a Muslim, I am Jewish, I am gay, I am black, we are one New York” routine. It’s a very specific claim.

Cuomo was born in New York, as were his parents. But the gov takes an all-inclusive view, claiming anyone who’s not Native American is an immigrant.

That’s not true, of course. While this is a nation peopled by immigrants and their descendants, Cuomo seems to be suggesting that no one can ever truly become an American.

(Which makes it especially ironic that he’s pressing labor leaders to stop funding groups backing opponent Cynthia Nixon — including the immigrant-rights outfit Make the Road.)

But constantly repeating this spurious claim doesn’t make Cuomo an actual immigrant.

Which brings us to that “undocumented” line.

Cuomo claims “when an Italian came to Ellis Island, they weren’t quote-unquote documented.” Inspectors, he says, stamped them “WOP — without papers.” Which is why “the derogatory term for early Italian immigrants was, you’re a Wop.”

And so, the gov argues, “If you want to deport undocumented people, start with me, because I’m an undocumented person.”

A lot of people besides Cuomo believe this. But it’s bogus history.

The anti-Italian slur is not an acronym and has nothing to do with Ellis Island, where immigrants didn’t even have to present papers until 1940. The term comes from the southern Italian word “guap­po,” meaning a swaggering thug.

Cuomo is not an immigrant and he’s not undocumented — except in his own mind. (“Swaggering thug”? Hmm …) Moreover, his immigrant grandparents came here legally, unlike today’s undocumenteds.

So add him to the list, along with Elizabeth Warren and Rachel Dolezal, of people trying to reimagine themselves with invented details to gain some spurious victim-class credentials.

But words do matter. And the last thing New Yorkers need is their politically over-ambitious governor deliberately spouting historical nonsense to reinvent himself.

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