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Mayor de Blasio: ‘We Do Not Want ICE In This City’



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When asked Monday to respond to reports that ICE agents were present in Brooklyn to support the New York Police Department amid violent riots in the wake of George Floyd’s death, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he had no knowledge of the incident, adding that he would never personally ‘welcome’ agents into the city.

“I would not let ICE agents anywhere in the official capacity in New York City, except for what they’re allowed to do on their own. I’ve said ICE agents are not welcome in our public buildings. I have no knowledge and really don’t believe that happened. If anyone has evidence of it, I need to know it,” de Blasio said.

He continued, “We do not want ICE in this city. And the times when they have come forward trying to get into a city building, for example, they’ve been told only if they have warrants and the law department approves it. So we’ve been very consistent about that.”

A video posted to social media by an immigration rights group last week appeared to show an immigration official arresting what appeared to be a protestor. HSI New York spokesperson Rachael Yong Yow told TIME Magazine that the agents were supporting the work of local law enforcement and that the incident wasn’t immigration related.

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Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment



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Michigan is asking its residents to help with the mess its leadership created and house migrants in their own homes. The state Department of Labor and Economic Development said volunteers who participate must commit for at least 90 days as part of the refugee support program.

In addition to opening up their homes, sponsors are expected to support newly arrived refugees by greeting them at the airport, securing and preparing initial housing, enrolling children in school and helping adults find employment.

“Programs like the Welcome Corps advance the Office of Global Michigan’s mission to make Michigan the home for opportunity for our immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities,” said Poppy Hernandez, Global Michigan Director and Michigan’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Expanded refugee resettlement pathways empower more Michiganders to support our state’s growing refugee population and build a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan for all.”

The migrants will come from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all points of origin where many have been hoping to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fox News reports “cities like New York and Chicago have also dealt with issues related to migrants committing crimes, as well as pushback from residents who have voiced anger and concern over the influx. Migrant shelters in those cities have largely been full, forcing officials to come up with ways to safely house the migrants.”

Last year, Massachusetts officials asked residents to open their doors as migrant shelters were full at the time. “Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family. Housing and shelter is our most pressing need and become a sponsor family,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll.

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