NYC Mayor Unveils Assistance Program for New Immigrants

NEW YORK (AP) -
File-This Dec. 29, 2014, file photo shows New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaking during a New York Police Academy graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden in New York. In the aftermath of last month’s terror attacks in Paris, New York City not only bolstered security but quietly stepped up outreach efforts to its Muslim community. It aimed to calm fears about any hate-filled retaliation while trying to extend government services to a community that often has felt neglected. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Mayor Bill de Blasio is announcing a nearly $8 million investment to aid immigrant New Yorkers.

De Blasio said Monday that the funding will create navigation hubs at immigration services organizations across all the city’s five boroughs.

The mayor said hubs will help recent immigrants to better connect to services if President Obama’s executive actions on immigration are implemented.

De Blasio, a Democrat, made the announcement at the annual National Immigrant Integration Conference, held this year in Brooklyn.

The mayor told the story of his own grandmother emigrating to the U.S. from Italy. He criticized the anti-immigrant positions taken by some Republican presidential candidates.

De Blasio called for cities to do more and used the example of a Syrian refugee family that resettled in New York earlier this year.