Abdul El-Sayed on Immigration
Support pathway to citizenship
As the son of Egyptian immigrants, I understand the value of our immigrant communities across Michigan and the United States. In Michigan, immigrants drive our agricultural output and offer crucial healthcare services across the state.
As governor, I will support our immigrant communities and fight for a pathway to citizenship. It's time for Michigan to be a leader and consider what it can do to be a 'Sanctuary State'.
Source: 2018 Michigan Gubernatorial website AbdulForMichigan.com
, Nov 1, 2017
Biracial families like mine inspire more diverse government
Michigan gubernatorial candidate and University of Michigan alum Abdul El-Sayed discussed his candidacy and platform to more than 150 students and community members at the Ford School of Public Policy.
As the son of Egyptian immigrants,
El-Sayed recognized the unlikeliness of his candidacy. However, he stressed that his background of coming from a biracial family reflects the goals he has for Michigan to become more inclusive. "This is the American family I grew up in," El-Sayed
said. "We didn't always agree. The one thing we could agree upon was our future, that we could believe in this society regardless of background."
Opposite to what some have said about his campaign,
El-Sayed said his background and religious differences won't hinder him, but will hopefully inspire a more diverse government. "If you're not going to vote for me because I'm Muslim, you weren't going to vote for me anyway," he said.
Source: MI Daily Staff on 2018 Michigan Gubernatorial race
, Mar 13, 2017
People who look like me are not sitting on the sidelines
El-Sayed told the crowd that some people think they can make the country great again by telling people who "look like me" that they don't belong here and they should sit on the sidelines. "We are not sitting on the sidelines," he said. "We must act.
We cannot wait until our children are poisoned or their schools are shut down."
His supporters say his family reflects the diversity of the state.
His parents are immigrants who left Egypt in pursuit of greater opportunity in America and other family members are farmers, teachers, and small-business owners who have lived in Gratiot County for generations.
Last month, Trump ordered a controversial ban on travel for immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries wracked by terrorism including Iran, Iraq and Syria.
Source: The Detroit News on 2018 Michigan Gubernatorial race
, Feb 25, 2017
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