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.