Whitmer names Saad to lead Michigan’s immigration

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FILE – In this July 26, 2019, file photo, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks during a session at the National Governor’s Association conference in Salt Lake City. Five Democratic governors of states in the Great Lakes region want candidates in next year’s presidential election, including President Trump, to back a plan for protecting their freshwater resources. Led by Whitmer, the governors on Monday, July 29, 2019, proposed a six-point platform that seeks increases in federal spending on water treatment infrastructure and environmental cleanups. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has appointed a former U.S. homeland security official to oversee the state’s efforts related to immigration.

Fayrouz Saad worked at the Department of Homeland Security during Barack Obama’s presidency and later served as the city of Detroit’s first immigrant affairs director.

Whitmer this past week named her as executive director of the Office of Global Michigan, which advises the governor on matters related to new Americans, immigration policy and immigration enforcement. Saad says she looks forward to “building a home of opportunity for everyone.”

Saad unsuccessfully ran in the Democratic primary for Michigan’s 11th Congressional District in 2018. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s in public administration from Harvard University.

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