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De Blasio Gathers Mayors to Support Obama Immigration Order

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and 17 mayors from Seattle to Atlanta pledged to share expertise on implementing President Barack Obama’s executive order providing relief for undocumented immigrants.

De Blasio, a self-described progressive and the first Democrat to run City Hall in 20 years, convened a summit today at Gracie Mansion, the mayoral residence on the Upper East Side. The city executives signed on to his “five-point challenge,” a plan that includes creating a mayoral “war room” to share strategies, safeguarding immigrants from fraudulent services and reaching eligible applicants through community outreach and public education.