Mayor de Blasio on Friday joined nearly 30 large-city mayors from around the nation to support President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform.
At the US Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, DC, the coalition announced a joint court filing to defend the executive action from a legal challenge brought in Texas.
“Delaying implementation of the president’s executive action will further hurt our families, negatively effect our economies, and create unnecessary insecurity in our communities,” said de Blasio.
“We intend to assist organize collectively a series of actions around the country to support the president on this.”
In November, Obama took unilateral actions that would allow as several as five million folks who came to the US illegally to stay.
The following month, a coalition of 17 Republican-led states challenged the moves as unconstitutional in a federal court filing.
A group of other states then filed an amicus brief siding with the president’s actions. The mayors said Friday they felt the have to have to weigh in on behalf of cities.