NY City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been criticized for a tweet, which suggested the city is “losing its soul” by not addressing the growing influx of immigrants.
The tweet was sent on Tuesday, two days after Trump signed an executive order that temporarily blocked people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. and halted refugees from Syria.
De Blasio said he would make a decision on a path forward for the city after meeting with community leaders and business owners, and adding that he wants to work with lawmakers on a bipartisan solution.
The city is a sanctuary city, meaning it does not enforce immigration laws, which could be an issue in the future if the ban is reinstated.
Trump signed an immigration order on Jan. 27 that suspends the nation’s refugee program, temporarily blocks all refugees from entering for 90 days and places a 90-day ban on the entry of people from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
But the order also temporarily allows for the return of people who entered the U: Syrians, Iraqis, Iranians, Somalis and Cubans.
De Blasio said in the tweet that New York’s residents have made a lot of sacrifices in service of our community and he is asking us to continue to do so.
“When we are overwhelmed by the sheer number of people and refugees coming into our city, it is time for us to take a fresh look at what we do best: providing for our people, supporting our businesses, and creating jobs,” he wrote.
“In doing so, we must be mindful of our core values: compassion, dignity, equality and respect for our fellow New Yorkers.
New Yorkers are smart, hard-working, caring, and compassionate, and I am proud to be a part of their team.”
De Blasio also tweeted Tuesday that New Yorkers should “make their voices heard, even if it is in a small way.”
“I want to be as clear and open as possible with the people of New York,” he said.
“But we also know that we must take action on this issue, and it is not enough to just talk about it.
We must act.”
The New York Police Department tweeted Monday that it had received hundreds of calls and emails from immigrants in New York seeking help after the executive order was signed.