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President’s Speech in Mexico Reinforces Need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

May 3, 2013

NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ reacts to President Obama's speech today in Mexico:

"We commend President Obama on his speech this morning in Mexico that called for a stronger US-Mexico relationship and comprehensive immigration reform.

"His speech was an important reminder that reforming our immigration policy affects many nations. As the President said, we need an immigration system that reflects our values, that unites families rather than dividing them, and that celebrates talent and innovation. Comprehensive immigration reform must protect our borders while welcoming those coming to America to work hard and contribute to our economy.

"That is why the National League of Cities strongly endorses common sense immigration reform and welcomes the work of the Senate "Gang of 8" in pushing for legislation that balances border security, workplace enforcement and an earned path to citizenship and brings hard working immigrants out of the shadows to participate fully in our economy.

"We look forward to working with the President and Congressional leaders to enact immigration reform and welcome immigrants to our nation."

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.

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