New York's Mayoral Race: Bill de Blasio

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Do you think as mayor you will fearless in talking about race and class?

It’s time to address this as a city. The inequalities have grown so deep that they are dangerous to the future of the city. I told a church congregation recently: If a white family living in a white neighborhood has a law-abiding teenager, that teenager will walk down their street and never be stopped by the police. The same exact kind of family in a community of color, their law-abiding teenager of color will be stopped and probably repeatedly; the message to that young person is profoundly negative, particularly in terms of what it does to their self-respect. We can’t allow that.

Do you agree with the policy of giving driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants?

As mayor, I would create a Universal City ID card available to all residents regardless of documentation status. This would grant access to basic services, such as the ability to sign a lease or open a bank account. Additionally, this policy will encourage better immigrant-police relations and increase reporting of crimes, including for domestic violence victims. I would also allow undocumented workers access to driver’s licenses, making New York the fifth state to pass such legislation, by working with Governor Cuomo and our partners in Albany.

For details on the candidate’s plans for New York check out his website: www.billdeblasio.com

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