Mayor's Office Press Release
Mayors United in Support of President’s Immigration Policy
44 Cities & Counties In 15 Plaintiff States Support Obama’s Immigration Actions
July 10, 2015 -- As an appeals court is set to hear oral arguments today in the lawsuit temporarily delaying President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, mayors from the 26 states suing the federal government are taking action.
Houston stands with nearly 100 cities nationwide in support of executive action, which would allow millions of immigrants to work legally and contribute to our nation's economy, while keeping families together. That is why we joined with mayors across the country to launch Cities United for Immigration Action, a coalition organized by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to promote and implement these reforms.
“Because I understand the impact it will have, I remain a strong supporter of the President’s executive order on immigration. The ongoing court delay serves no purpose other than to hurt families and the Houston economy. It is time all law-abiding immigrants be allowed to walk out of the shadows and fully contribute to this great city’s prosperity,” said Houston Mayor Annise Parker.
Ironically, Texas, the lead plaintiff state, would see its GDP rise more than $38 billion over 10 years if the programs were allowed to proceed, while Georgia would experience a $190 million increase in tax revenue within five years.
“Cities across the nation have spoken: we will not be bystanders of congressional inaction. We called on President Obama to act on behalf of the millions of Americans concerned by our broken immigration system, and he delivered. Our cities – home to many of our country’s immigrants – are clearly saying that expanding administrative relief is best for our communities and economies,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We are confident that the President has acted within his power, and we stand with the majority of Americans who favor urgently needed immigration reform. New York City is ready to implement these policies – let’s stop this delay, and move forward for a better America.”
Earlier this year, cities and counties – representing 43 million people across the country – filed a friend-of-the-court brief arguing that the District court judge who temporarily blocked implementation of the new immigration programs failed to consider the significant harms to America’s local governments caused by this delay.