Mayors form coalition in support of Obama’s immigration reform

On Nov. 20, President Barack Obama laid out his plan for immigration reform. Afterward, he headed to Las Vegas to rally support for his intention to protect some 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation – a temporary solution as more permanent measures are expected to be put into effect in the near future. It appears the president’s attempts at gaining support have reached far beyond Las Vegas, as the Washington Post reported that nearly two dozen mayors from across the country have formed a coalition in support of Obama’s immigration reform decision.

The coalition, Cities United for Immigration Action, is made up of 23 mayors across America, including Bill de Blasio of New York City, Annise Parker of Houston, Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles and Vincent C. Gray of Washington, D.C. The group’s aim is to put Obama’s executive decision into effect at a city level by rallying support from grassroots organizations and pushing for congressional action. As the Washington Post reported, the coalition released a statement declaring the great benefits that Obama’s immigration action will have at the local level.

“The president’s action on immigration will strengthen our cities,” Cities United for Immigration Action said in a statement. “It will keep families together, grow our economies and foster additional community trust in law enforcement. We are ready – and together we’re rolling up our sleeves to turn this policy into a better reality for millions of hardworking people in the communities we serve.”

What will the Cities United for Immigration Action do?
The coalition hopes to reach an important goal: to make it known to immigrants that they are not only welcome in America, but also essential components of the nation’s economy and culture. The group will also try to make clearer the differences between local law enforcement and federal immigration enforcement, particularly concerning the roles that these two bodies should play in carrying out laws related to undocumented immigrants.

Cities United for Immigration Action will make its voice on these issues heard on Dec. 8 during its first official meeting in New York. The mayors will also lay out steps for implementing Obama’s immigration reform plan. In the statement, New York mayor Bill de Blasio discussed the importance of the upcoming meeting:

“This summit will offer a unique opportunity for mayors of many of our nation’s progressive cities to restate our leadership and responsibility on this decisive issue and to come out with an unbeatable master plan that truly prepares our localities for swift implementation of changes and also advocates for further reforms from the municipal level all the way up to Washington.”

By following this organization’s suggestions for creating an implementation plan, localities may be better prepared to incorporate new rules and regulations concerning immigration reform, as will governments up to the federal level.

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