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PLAYING IMMIGRATION POLITICS

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>>> GOOD EVENING.
WELCOME TO "METROFOCUS."
THE BATTLE OVER THE BORDER
CONTINUES AND NOW DEMOCRATS ARE
CRYING FOUL AFTER ACCUSATIONS
THAT THE WHITE HOUSE WAS PLAYING
POLITICS WITH THE LIVES OF THOSE
SEEKING ASYLUM AT OUR SOUTHERN
BORDER.
THE "WASHINGTON POST" QUOTING
THE DEPARTMENT HOMELAND SECURITY
OFFICIALS SAID THE
ADMINISTRATION HAD CONSIDERED A
PLAN TO BUST DETAINEES TO
SANCTUARY CITIES BUT LAWYERS FOR
IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS
ENFORCEMENT REJECTED THE IDEA
SAYING IT WAS INAPPROPRIATE.
THE POST REPORT GOES OUT TO SAY
THAT THE GOAL OF THE WHITE HOUSE
WAS TWOFOLD.
TO CONSERVE DETENTION SPACE AT
THE BORDER AND TO, QUOTE, SEND A
MESSAGE TO DEMOCRATS.
STEPHEN MILLER, A SENIOR POLICY
ADVISER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP,
REPORTEDLY DISCUSSED THE
PROPOSAL WITH I.C.E. OFFICIALS.
SPECIFICALLY TARGETED IN THE
PLAN, HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY
PELOSI'S DISTRICT IN SAN
FRANCISCO.
>> I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT
IT BUT AGAIN, IT IS JUST ANOTHER
NOTION THAT IS UNWORTHY OF THE
PRESIDENCY OF THE PRESIDENT OF
THE UNITED STATES AND AS A
COUNTRY, AS A PEOPLE TO ADDRESS
WHO WE ARE AS A NATION OF
IMMIGRANTS.
>> THE WHITE HOUSE INITIALLY
SAID IT WAS JUST A SUGGESTION
THAT WAS FLOATED AND REJECTED.
IN A TWEET EARLIER TODAY, THE
PRESIDENT.
QUOTE, WE ARE INDEED GIVING
STRONG CONSIDERATIONS TO PLACING
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN SANCTUARY
CITIES ONLY.
NEW YORK IS A SANCTUARY CITY,
BUT A RECENT REPORT FROM SCOTT
STRINGER REVEALED SOME RT
STARTLING STATISTICS INCLUDING
THAT DEPORTATIONS HAVE SOARED
150% AS A RESULT OF WHAT HIS
OFFICE HAS CALLED RACIST AND
XENOPHOBIC POLICIES.
CONTROLLER STRINGER SAT DOWN TO
DISCUSS THE FINDINGS.
>> WE ARE A SANCTUARY CITY.
THAT'S HOW WE WERE ALL BORN AND
RAISED HERE TO BELIEVE THAT NO
MATTER WHERE OUR PARENTS AND
GRANDPARENTS CAME FROM, OR WHEN
THEY CAME HERE, ONCE THEY GOT
HERE, THEY WERE PART OF THE
FUTURE OF THIS CITY.
AND TO SEE THIS PRESIDENT NOW
GOING AFTER AND TARGETING
IMMIGRANTS IN NEW YORK CITY, THE
SANCTUARY CITY, IS REALLY
INCREDIBLY PROBLEM ATTIC AND
FRIGHTENING.
WE DID A REPORT THAT SHOWED
DEPORTATIONS ARE UP 150% SINCE
2017.
WE NOW SEE THAT THERE'S AN 88%
INCREASE IN ARREST OF GRAENS.
THAT'S NOT THE ASPIRATIONAL CITY
THAT WE WANT AND WE HAVE TO COME
TOGETHER AS A CITY AND USE EVERY
TOOL AT OUR DISPOSAL TO MAKE
SURE THAT WE PROTECT THE
IMMIGRANTS WHO COME TO OUR CITY
AND MAKE SUCH AN INCREDIBLE
ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTION.
THIS REPORT I THINK IS SOMETHING
THAT PEOPLE SHOULD LOOK AT.
WHEN YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
AN ENTIRE CITY IS TARGETED BY
THE WHITE HOUSE.
>> A LOT OF PEOPLE MIGHT PUSH
BACK AND SAY, THERE WERE A
RECORD NUMBER OF DEPORTATIONS
UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.
WHAT'S MAKING THIS DIFFERENT?
>> WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT'S GOING
ON, YOU SEE A 265% INCREASE IN
THE NUMBER OF IMMIGRANTS WHO ARE
JUST BEING TAKEN OFF THE
STREETS.
THEY DIDN'T COMMIT A CRIME.
THEY DON'T HAVE A CRIMINAL
RECORD.
THEY'RE JUST BEING TARGETED
BECAUSE THEY HAPPEN TO BE
IMMIGRANTS.
THAT GOES AGAINST WHAT A
SANCTUARY CITY IS.
WHEN PEOPLE COME HERE, WE DON'T
TARGET PEOPLE.
WE DON'T SEPARATE PARENTS FROM
CHILDREN.
WE DON'T DO THAT STUFF.
WE LET PEOPLE LIVE AND LET LIVE.
AND WE BUILD OUR ECONOMY AROUND
THE STRONG IMMIGRANT CITY THAT
THIS IS.
I LIKE THE REMIND PEOPLE WHO GET
CONFUSED ABOUT THIS SOMETIMES.
IMMIGRANTS MAKE A TREMENDOUS
ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTION TO NEW
YORK CITY.
THEY EARN $100 BILLION IN INCOME
EVERY YEAR.
THEY PAY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN
TAXES.
THEY'RE NOW IN MEDIA AND CULTURE
AND BUSINESS.
AND THIS CITY COULD NOT THRIVE
WITHOUT OUR IMMIGRANTS.
>> CONSIDERING THAT NEW YORK WAS
SUPPOSED TO BE A SANCTUARY CITY,
WAS, AT LEAST ACCORDING TO THIS
REPORT.
PART OF THE WAY THAT WAS
SUPPOSED TO WORK WAS THAT THE
NYPD WAS NOT GOING TO BE WORKING
WITH ORGANIZATIONS LIKE I.C.E.,
ET CETERA, TO AID IN THESE
DEPORTATIONS.
HOW HAS THIS ACCELERATED SO
FAST?
>> THE REPORT DID NOT ADDRESS
THE NYPD.
IN THIS REPORT WE HAVE HAD A
HANDS-OFF POLICY WHICH I THINK
IS VERY IMPORTANT AND CRITICAL
TO REMAIN OR CONTINUE OR HOPE TO
BE A SANCTUARY CITY.
I THINK THE NUMBERS HERE SHOW WE
HAVE TO DO MORE.
BE MORE VIGILANT.
>> NEW YORK IS SUCH A
MULTICULTURAL CITY.
SO MUCH ABOUT THE DEBATE HAS
FOCUSED ON, AT LEAST THE
PRESIDENT'S FOCUS, HAS BEEN
TOWARD HALATINOS WHO MIGHT BE
CROSSING OVER UNDOCUMENTED.
WHAT WAS YOUR REPORT ABLE TO
FIND ABOUT THE KINDS, OR THE
ETHNICITY OF THE IMMIGRANTS
BEING TARGETED AND DEPORTED?
>> IT IS VARIED.
ONE THING ABOUT I.C.E., THEY
DON'T DISCRIMINATE.
THEY GO AFTER EVERYBODY.
WE SAW ONE-THIRD WAS IN THE
ASIAN COMMUNITY.
THAT WAS VERY SURPRISING.
YOU ONLY THINK ABOUT THE LATINO
COMMUNITY.
PEOPLE FROM ALL DIFFERENT
COUNTRIES ARE BEING TARGETED.
THIS IS NOT JUST ONE GROUP OF
PEOPLE BUT IT IS A CAMPAIGN
AGAINST IMMIGRANTS IN GENERAL.
AND I WANT TO SAY THAT THE
STATISTIC THAT'S JUST
FRIGHTENING IS THE ONE THAT SAYS
265% OF THE DEPORTATIONS ARE
PEOPLE WHO JUST WALK DOWN THE
STREET OR THEY WENT TO A COURT
APPEARANCE OR TOOK A CHILD TO
SCHOOL.
THEY'RE DOING THE RIGHT THING,
LIVING THEIR LIVES AND
CONTRIBUTING TO SOCIETY.
TO BE PICKED OFF THE STREET IN
THE DEAD OF NIGHT, EARLY IN THE
MORNING.
IT IS JUST NOT THE AMERICA THAT
WE BELIEVE IT SHOULD BE.
>> I WANTED TO ASK YOU ABOUT
THRIVE NYC.
THIS WAS AN ISSUE THAT WAS
STARTED WITH THE BEST OF
INTENTIONS BUT THAT DOESN'T
NECESSARILY SEEM TO BE SHAKING
OUT.
>> I THINK THRIVE IS AN
IMPORTANT MENTAL HEALTH
INITIATIVE THAT CAN MAKE A
DIFFERENCE TO THE CITY AND I
APPLAUD THE MAYOR AND THE FIRST
LADY.
IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE TO
FOCUS ON.
A LOT OF THE PEOPLE ARE LANGUAGE
WISHING IN HOMELESS SHELTERS,
FOR EXAMPLE.
PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING WITH MENTAL
ILLNESS.
WHILE WE ADDRESS IT, WE HAVE TO
EXAMINE THE BOOKS TO MAKE SURE
THE MONEY IS BEING SPENT IN A
WAY THAT IT SHOULD BE.
WHEN MEASURING RESULTS, THAT'S
MY JOB AS CONTROLLER.
I ORDERED EVERYBODY, THE
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, THRIVE,
HOMELESS SHELTERS.
THAT'S MY JOB.
I HAVE TO HOLD THE MAYOR
ACCOUNTABLE.
WHEN I FOCUS, I FIND THEY DO A
BETTER JOB WHEN I FOCUS
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY.
IT IS WHAT MAKES OUR GOVERNMENT
STRONG AND I'M GOING TO CONTINUE
TO DO THAT THAT.
>> I THINK FINANCIAL
ACCOUNTABILITY AND GOVERNMENT IS
A GREAT PLATFORM TO RUN FOR
MAYOR ON.
>> HOW ABOUT THIS?
IT IS A GREAT WAY TO HONOR THE
COMMITMENT I MADE TO PEOPLE IN
THE CITY, THAT I WOULD BE AN
AGGRESSIVE CONTROLLER.
I WOULD TAKE ON THE TOUGH
FIGHTS.
I WOULD NOT BE AFRAID OF LARGE
CORPORATIONS OR MAYORAL CONTROL
OF THE MAYORAL GOVERNMENT.
AND I HAVE BEEN AN INDEPENDENT
STEWARD OF OUR FINANCES AND I
TAKE PEOPLE ON BECAUSE I
REPRESENT PEOPLE IN THE CITY WHO
ARE STRUGGLING TO GET BY.
>> IS THAT WHAT YOU BELIEVE WILL
HELP YOU STAND OUT IN FUTURE MAY
ORAL RACES?
>> IT SEEMS TO BE FAR AWAY.
BUT AS I CONSIDER THAT POSSIBLE
RUN THE BEST WAY THAT I CAN SHOW
PEOPLE IN THE CITY THAT I LOVE
NEW YORK IS BY DOING THE JOB
I'VE BEEN ELECTED TO DO.
WHAT COMES DOWN THE ROAD COMES
DOWN THE ROAD.
>> ALL RIGHT.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO FOLLOWING
WHAT COMES DOWN THE ROAD.
THANK YOU FOR FOLLOWING US.


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