NLC, Mayors Unite in Support of Immigration Action

Mayor Becker
Mayor Becker
Mayor Ralph Becker of Salt Lake City, seen here with Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City, speaks at a press conference on January 23 announcing NLC's support for immigration reform. (photo: U.S. Conference of Mayors)

More than 30 mayors sign on in Texas vs. United States in defense of reform action.

National League of Cities President Ralph Becker, mayor, Salt Lake City, Utah, joined more than 30 mayors from cities across the country on January 23 to announce plans to file an amicus brief in the Texas vs. United States lawsuit to support President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform.

“The President’s executive action on immigration is a step forward for America,” said Mayor Ralph Becker. “We need to support his efforts to address our broken immigration system.”

The brief opposes a lawsuit pending in Brownsville, Texas brought by states seeking to block President Obama’s immigration reform efforts. The brief also argues that blocking executive action with preliminary injunction will stall desperately needed changes to the federal government’s immigration policies.

As the nation's fronline leaders, cities recognize that the current broken immigration system hurts families, allows cultural misunderstandings to threaten communities and holds back economic growth by keeping a substantial population from being able to fully participate. NLC believes the president's use of executive authority is a step in the right direction.

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