De Blasio To Americans: It's Not 'Immigrants' Faults You're Not Achieving The American Dream

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Posted: Jun 26, 2019 11:25 PM
De Blasio To Americans: It's Not 'Immigrants' Faults You're Not Achieving The American Dream

Source: AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File

One of the questions New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio received during Wednesday night's debate in Miami was focused on income inequality. 

According to the Mayor, NYC has addressed this issue head on "by raising wages, by raising benefits, by putting money back in the hands of working people." De Blasio touted New York City's $15 an hour minimum wage, paid sick leave and pre-K for all. 

He said the Democratic Party needs to be the bold, progressive party who isn't afraid of taking action.

What's interesting though, is de Blasio had a message to average working Americans.

"The way the American citizens have been told that immigrants somehow created their misery and their pain and their challenges- for all the American citizens who feel you're falling behind, who feel the American dream is not working for you: the immigrants didn't do that to you. The big corporations did that to you," De Blasio said. "The one percent did that to you."

The Mayor said the Democratic Party needs to be the party of working people, including immigrants "but first we have to tell working people in America, who are hurting, that we're going to be on their side every single time against those big corporations who created this mess to begin with and remind people we're all in this together."

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"If we don't change that debate, that politics that's holding us back, we won't get all these reforms we're talking about," he said.