Whitmer appoints Fayrouz Saad to head state’s immigration office

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    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has tapped Fayrouz Saad to head the new Office of Global Michigan, which is tasked with leading her administration’s efforts on immigration policy. 

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    Saad held a similar position in the administration of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, and worked at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under former President Barack Obama. In 2018 she came in fourth in a five-way Democratic primary to represent Michigan’s 11th Congressional District in suburban Detroit, a seat now held by U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills). 

    Whitmer’s revamped immigration policy office was renamed as part of her June executive order that overhauled the state’s economic and workforce development department, now called the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO).

    “Michigan’s greatest strength has always been the people who call this state home,” Whitmer said in a statement Thursday. “If someone is willing to work hard and use their talents to make our community and state a better place to live, we should welcome and support them. This is how Michigan will become a home for opportunity for everyone, and Fayrouz has the experience and vision to get it done.” 

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    Under former Gov. Rick Snyder, the state’s immigration policy office was called the Office for New Americans. 

    “The story of America is one that is made up of centuries of immigrants who came to this country to make a better life for themselves and their families,” Saad said in a statement. “Our state is stronger when we support one another with the resources to be successful. I look forward to leading the state’s efforts on immigration and building a home of opportunity for everyone.”

    Nick Manes
    Nick Manes covers West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels. His byline also has appeared in Route Fifty and The Daily Beast. When not reporting around the state or furiously tweeting, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Krista, biking around his hometown of Grand Rapids and torturing himself rooting for the Detroit Lions.

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