“President Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the Mexican border was pandering during his campaign. It takes on a much more serious tone now that he has been elected. New York is a sanctuary city, and we are proud of that designation. I will stand with my colleagues and the people of New York to fight any attempt to enact immigration policy that will harm New York City.

“Rich men and women all over this nation–including Donald Trump–have built their fortunes on the backs of immigrants. It is nothing short of shameful that the President would use the plight of those seeking refuge from persecution, the stereotypes surrounding a single religion, or the desire of many to provide for their families to demagogue on the immigration issue while ignoring the real concerns of those immigrants currently in the United States,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.