Chapel Hill mayor signs letter to encourage immigration reform

Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and 17 other mayors across the country signed a letter to President Obama to request the admittance of more Syrian refugees to the U.S. Mayor Kleinschmidt is a proud member of Cities United for Immigration Action, an organization whose goal is to encourage positive immigration reform in the U.S.

“I’ve been active in this organization of mayors who are working closely together to encourage the president to move forward with immigration policy,” Kleinschmidt told the University of North Carolina’s student publication, The Daily Tar Heel. “It just seems like a good fit for us to respond as well to the refugee crisis.”

His warm reception of the Syrian refugees was not echoed by many in the state of North Carolina, however. He received countless letters and emails accusing him of putting both the state and country at risk by encouraging refugee immigration, according to The News & Observer. But Kleinschmidt is confident that the people in his district of Chapel Hill will welcome the refugees with open arms.

President Obama has announced a plan to admit at least 10,000 displaced Syrian refugees next year, according to the source. In their letter, Kleinschmidt and the other mayors who are a part of CUIA praised the President for his actions up to this point and encouraged him to do even more.