Immigration Reform

MARIE LOPEZ ROGERS

Acceptance Speech
as NLC President 
@leagueofcities

Marie Lopez Rogers
Mayor, Avondale, Arizona
and President of the National League of Cities


Mayor Lopez Rogers grew up working side-by-side with her parents picking cotton in the small migrant farm labor camps around the city. She continues to work in the same site where she used to pick cotton - except now City Hall sits there. First elected to local office in 1996, on January 1, 2006, she was elected as Avondale, AZ's first Latina mayor. The granddaughter of immigrants, Mayor Rogers is guiding the transformation of her community from once a tiny community, to now one of the nation's fastest growing municipalities.

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In a 2011 address to the National Council of La Raza, President Obama cited the personal story of current NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ.


 

Immigration Reform Statements

June 28, 2013
League of Cities Applauds Historic Immigration Vote in Senate
NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ issued the a statement in response to the Senate's vote on S. 744 - the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

June 11,2013
NLC Urges Comprehensive Immigration Reform that Includes Necessary Resources for Cities
NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers attended the President's immigration remarks Tuesday at the White House and released a statement calling for the strongest, most comprehensive bill possible that includes necessary resources for cities to implement the new law.

June 7,2013
Cities’ Jobs Response: Immigration Reform Can Provide Needed Boost to Economy
NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers responded to the May jobs report, calling on leaders in Washington to pass legislation that can provide our economy the jolt it needs to hasten this economic turnaround, including comprehensive immigration reform.

May 22,2013
National League of Cities Applauds Senate Judiciary Committee Moving Immigration Reform to Senate Floor
National League of Cities' President, Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ responded to the Senate Judiciary Committee passing S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, calling it a "critical step forward on a long journey towards adoption."

April 17,2013
National League of Cities Statement on Introduction of Immigration Reform 
NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ responded to the introduction of the immigration reform bill in the Senate, and stressed that NLC will be working to make sure the unique needs of our nation's cities and towns are reflected in the bill. 

Feburary 11, 2013
Immigration Op-Ed: Immigration reform tied to future of cities, towns
Mayor Rogers penned an immigration op-ed in her local newspaper where she called on Congress to acknowledge the economic vitality that immigration brings to the country and adopt a reform policy that supports secure borders and a path to citizenship for the millions of immigrants currently contributing to our local and national economies.

Janurary 29, 2013
Remarks by the President on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers attended President Obama's recent immigration speech in Las Vegas, where the President mentioned her in his public remarks. 

Janurary 29, 2013
NLC President Pushes for Comprehensive Reform of Broken Immigration System
NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers attended the President's immigration speech in Las Vegas, releasing a statement in response that supports a comprehensive immigration system.

Janurary 28, 2013
National League of Cities Encouraged by Bipartisan Approach to Immigration
NLC released a statement in response to the immigration framework announced by Senator Schumer and the bipartisan Senate group saying, "We are encouraged by the bipartisan nature of the effort, and hope it will be seen as the beginning of the long awaited and much needed process."

July 21, 2010
NLC Renews Call for Federal Action on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
At the conclusion of its 2010 summer board meeting in Riverside, CA, the NLC Board of Directors voiced its opposition to Arizona's immigration law and renewed its call for Congress and the Obama administration to immediately enact comprehensive immigration reform.

National Municipal Policy on Immigration


NLC Resolution in Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform
NLC Resolution adopted at the 2012 Congress of Cities.

Legislative Priority: Fix the Nation's Broken Immigration System
One-page issue brief outlining NLC's legislative position on immigration, key messages to Congress and the Administration.