New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti are leading an effort to oppose a lawsuit, filed by 25 states, that seeks to halt President Obama’s executive amnesty.
De Blasio and Garcetti announced plans Friday to file an amicus brief that will support President Obama’s executive actions on immigration against the states’ lawsuit.
“Our mission is urgent,” de Blasio said in a statement. “Delaying implementation of the President’s executive action will further hurt our families, negatively impact our economies, and create unnecessary insecurity in our communities.”
According to the pair, more than 30 mayors have signed on to their effort, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, and Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.
“We are proud to file this Amicus Brief joining numerous cities in support of President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Reform, these efforts will ensure that immigrant communities feel welcomed and integrated,” Emanuel said. “By doing so, we maximize the contributions immigrants make to our city, build stronger ties between immigrants and non-immigrants, and increase the safety of our neighborhoods.”
“Our cities cannot afford delays to immigration reforms that will strengthen our economy and help families,” Garcetti added. “This isn’t a blue or red issue, but a human and economic one.”
The amicus brief will argue that Obama’s executive amnesty is in the best interest of the public and that blocking the actions would “stall desperately needed changes to the federal government’s immigration policies.”