Mayor’s Race 2019: Candidates, Some More Than Others, Talk Immigration

Mayor’s Race 2019: Candidates, Some More Than Others, Talk Immigration

At a forum for mayoral candidates Monday night, three of the leading contenders talked about what they would do on the issue of deportation.

It was a pointed question from one of the city’s leading immigrant rights organizations, aimed at getting the candidates to commit to taking steps in their first year to combat the federal government’s aggressive approach…

At-large Councilman John Cooper cited the city’s lack of interpreters in various Metro departments, including 911 operators, as a fundamental problem.

“It’s a basic right for people to be able to communicate with their government,” he said. “And it’s going to require money and investment and paying people for language skills.”