Latest Fact-checks on Bill de Blasio Bill de Blasio stated on June 26, 2019 in comments made during the first Democratic presidential primary debate: "It matters that we nominate a candidate who saw the destruction wrought by a broken health care system and gave people universal health care. … These things really matter. And these are the things that I've done in New York." Bill de Blasio stated on May 17, 2019 in an interview: "We’ve lifted hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty in the last five years." Bill de Blasio stated on January 3, 2018 in a press conference: "The graduation rate in New York City has increased by 50 percent in 13 years" Bill de Blasio stated on February 13, 2017 in his 2017 State of the City address: "We raised the minimum wage to $15 first in city government. Now, working together with people in Albany, it's the law of the state." Bill de Blasio stated on November 18, 2016 in a WNYC interview: On Donald Trump’s plan to cut federal funding to sanctuary cities, "because of a decision by the Supreme Court, no president's in a position to cut off funding across the board. It has to be very specific to the matter at hand." Bill de Blasio stated on June 23, 2016 in a press conference at New York City Hall.: Says "220,000 New Yorkers would have immediately benefitted had President Obama’s executive action been affirmed. So almost a quarter million of our fellow New Yorkers who are hurting right now whose rights and opportunities were taken away by the Supreme Court."