Washington, DC - The following statement is from National League of Cities President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ in response to President Obama’s speech this morning on immigration reform:
“We thank President Obama for pressing Congress to get comprehensive immigration reform done this year. As the President noted, ‘This is not just an idea whose time has come, this is an idea whose time has been around for years now.’
“Our current broken immigration system holds back economic growth by keeping a substantial population from being able to fully participate. The poorly functioning system tears families apart, fosters cultural misunderstandings and develops mistrust of law enforcement by immigrant communities.
“Cities are where the challenges of a broken immigration system are most felt. We echo the President in urging Congress to not delay, to get this done now and show the American people that Congress can work together to solve our nation’s problems.”
The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.