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Leaders of the City Council are urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to allocate upwards of $23 million from his city budget to help immigrants in danger of arrest and expulsion under President Donald Trump—including $12 million to ensure those battling deportation receive legal counsel.
The needs and fears of New York City’s half-million undocumented immigrants were a constant theme of the budget response Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Queens Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, chair of the influential Committee on Finance, submitted today in answer to de Blasio’s preliminary spending plan. The pair of Democrats lashed out repeatedly at President Donald Trump for his campaign pledges of mass deportations, and his aggressive enforcement agenda, which has led to federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids within the five boroughs.
“President Trump campaigned on a message that threatened the millions of
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