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Mon Apr 24, 2017, 11:49 PM

Dem gov hopeful: Make Michigan a 'sanctuary state'

Lansing — Democrat candidate for governor Abdul El-Sayed wants to make Michigan a “sanctuary state” for undocumented immigrants, pushing back against Republican President Donald Trump’s call to increase enforcement and deportations.

El-Sayed pitched the “sanctuary state” concept in a new policy platform outline his campaign released Monday. The former Detroit health director and son of Egyptian immigrants also proposed a public health insurance program for Michigan residents, a minimum wage increase and universal pre-school access.

“This is a bold, progressive approach to the very real and very serious problems that our state faces right now,” El-Sayed told The Detroit News in an interview ahead of a campaign event in Grand Rapids.

Absent national reform that provides a viable path to citizenship for immigrants who may have entered the country illegally, El-Sayed said Michigan should work to protect families and acknowledge the role immigrants play in some parts of the state economy, including farmers who rely on migrant workers.

Read more: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/24/el-sayed-campaign/100822864/

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