Dozens of City and County Officials Join Call For U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Immigration Case

The Latino Post reported today that “Dozens of city and county officials have joined the call for the U.S. Supreme Court to review the lawsuit blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions.

The Cities United For Immigration Action (CUIA) organization, which represents state and local elected officials urging for the implementation of immigration reform, filed a friend-of-the-court brief to the Supreme Court, calling for the review of the Texas vs. United States lawsuit that has blocked Obama’s Nov. 20, 2014, deferred actions programs. The Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program and an expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was introduced last year, but officials in Texas and 25 other states have sought to stop the deferred action programs, citing that the president breached his executive privileges and negative economic effects to the states. If DAPA and DACA were in effect, approximately 4.9 million eligible undocumented immigrants would receive temporary three-year permits to stay in the U.S.
“We are urging the Supreme Court to review this case so implementation of the President’s executive actions can finally move forward, because the wheels of justice have been stuck in neutral for thousands of families for far too long,” said Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, home to millions of immigrants and where an estimated $100,000 additional funds — through increased state tax revenue — is reportedly lost. “Cities are where immigrants live, and it is our residents, communities, and economies that will reap the benefits from these policies. Cities are united, and we will fight for immigration reform in the courtroom, in Congress, and in our communities. As this legal challenge continues, our voices will be heard.”