New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio met Monday with two of President Donald Trump’s cabinet members, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, to raise concerns about the administration’s health care, tax and immigration policies.
De Blasio met with Kelly for nearly an hour, according to the mayor’s office, discussing a range of issues including protecting the city’s counterterrorism funding and de Blasio’s concerns over federal immigration officials showing up at a Maspeth, Queens school last week seeking information on a fourth grade student.
School officials at PS 58 turned away the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers under a de Blasio administration policy that bars federal agents from entering schools without a warrant.
Kelly “said that the agents were not there for enforcement action and that DHS does not target schools in such efforts,” according to a summary of the meeting provided by de Blasio’s office. “The Mayor made clear that the agents’ presence was nevertheless non-conducive to the learning environment and inconsistent with fair and effective immigration and education policy.”
The incident prompted Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña to visit the school Monday to reassure parents “that our schools are safe and that our children will be protected to the utmost degree.”
A USCIS spokeswoman said the agents did not “ask to see or speak with the student,” but were attempting to confirm the student’s enrollment at the school as part of an “administrative inquiry.”
De Blasio also met for 35 minutes with Mnuchin on Monday. De Blasio thanked him “ for his help in securing federal funding for the local protection” of Trump Tower, according to a summary of the meeting provided by the mayor’s office.
“We talked about a number of issues including the impact on New York City of proposals around health care and tax reform, and also important issues like infrastructure and what it would mean for the future of New York City,” de Blasio said in a video clip posted on his Twitter account.