Originally published by Politico
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, evoking his Italian immigrant grandparents, urged Congress to pass a sweeping Democratic immigration reform measure.
“While we’re waiting for change in Washington, we will protect you” in New York, de Blasio said, pointing to free legal advice for immigrants and help by calling 311. Saying he was sending a message to Washington, where President Donald Trump has decried sanctuary cities, the mayor said police in New York won’t ask about immigration status.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined de Blasio on Wednesday outside the Tenement Museum on New York’s Lower East Side that celebrates the history of immigration.
“This legislation, the Dream and Promise Act, is urgent for our country,“ she said.
The event was intended to garner support for H.R. 6 (116), a measure sponsored by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Ca.) that would give Dreamers, or young adults who were brought to the U.S. as undocumented immigrants when they were children, a path to citizenship.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said he anticipates the bill being up for House floor consideration in May. While its prospects are good in the Democratic-controlled House, the bill does not have Republican co-sponsors.