Seventy New York City arts organizations have called upon the City’s government to convene a symposium on how to better serve the immigrant community now under siege by ICE and the Trump administration.

“The ruthless assault on immigrant communities, and on migrants trying to seek asylum at the border, has reached unprecedented levels. We are appalled by these actions happening in America now, and believe this is a moment where we have to hold each other and our institutions accountable.”

It’s not rare for New York City to feel like its own country separated from the rest of the United States, but increasingly aggressive rhetoric surrounding immigration and sanctuary city policies has widened the gap between city and country.

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