Seattle, Wash. - The following statement is from National League of Cities President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, Ariz., in response to U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner's comments yesterday on immigration reform:
"We are disappointed after hearing Speaker Boehner's remarks yesterday on immigration reform. This decision will leave in place a broken system that tears apart families, holds back economic growth and fosters cultural misunderstandings.
"We call on Speaker Boehner and the U.S. House of Representatives to follow the Senate's lead and pass a comprehensive bill that provides the support needed to integrate immigrants into communities. Cities across America are facing the challenges of a broken immigration system and suffer from being unable to fully integrate all immigrants."
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.