De Blasio said she would bring to the Immigrant Affairs office an entrepreneurial drive and a proven record of enacting pro-immigrant legislation in New York City and New York State. As head of the immigrant affairs office, Agarwal would be charged with seeing through the de Blasio administration’s immigration agenda, including establishing a municipal ID for undocumented immigrants, improving outreach to immigrant-owned businesses, and ensuring victims of crimes in immigrant communities are protected and respected. “This work is part of who I am. It’s embedded in the values I was taught as a child,” Agarwal said. “...the lessons that I’ve learned – that the fire in the belly for better opportunities to speak up for progressive values, is universal. And that it’s a fire that burned in my grandfather as he marched for freedom alongside Mahatma Gandhi in India. And it’s a fire that crossed borders with my parents when they emigrated to the US,” she said. The Mayor said one of his priorities is to make the city more inclusive for its residents, including the almost half million New Yorkers who are undocumented immigrants.
In this regard, his administration will establish a municipal ID card program, on which Agarwal’s office would focus. (PTI)