MINNEAPOLIS (Jan. 30, 2015) — The Minneapolis City Council on Friday approved a measure that authorizes Mayor Betsy Hodges to sign onto an amicus brief in support of President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform.
Mayor Hodges is now one of more than 30 mayors who’ve signed onto the amicus brief. The effort is led by Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City and Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles as part of a nationwide coalition of mayors called Cities United for Immigration Action.
The group, including Mayor Hodges, announced their plans for the amicus brief during the United States Conference of Mayors in Washington D.C. on Jan. 23. The brief opposes a lawsuit pending in Brownsville, Texas (Texas vs. United States) brought by states seeking to block President Obama’s immigration reform actions. The U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities also signed onto the amicus brief.
“Fixing our immigration system is the right thing to do for the people that through hard work contribute to the economic prosperity of our cities,” said Mayor Hodges. “President Obama took a bold step in the right direction by easing the burden for some of those that currently live in the shadows. I am proud to stand with Mayors de Blasio, Garcetti and many others in support of the president’s executive action on immigration and thank my council colleagues for joining me in that support.”
Today’s City Council vote authorizes the City to join an amicus brief in support of Obama’s November executive action, which would stop the deportation of millions of people. The amicus brief argues that the public interest across the country is served clearly and overwhelmingly by implementing immigration reform by executive action. The brief also argues that blocking executive action with preliminary injunction will stall desperately needed changes to the federal government’s immigration policies. The cities represented by the amicus brief account for approximately 28.2 million people, including 7.5 million immigrants.
“I, along with Mayor Hodges and my council colleagues, am proud to support President Obama’s bold and courageous leadership on immigration reform that supports working individuals and families who are deeply rooted in our country and lend to the fabric of our community. Those who, like all of us, strive to achieve the American dream of freedom and economic prosperity,” said Council President Barbara Johnson.
“President Obama is leading the way on immigration reform that our country has needed for quite some time,” said Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden. “The lawsuit being filed by some states seeks to stop our progress and keep us with a broken system. We need to be vocal in our support of the president’s efforts and help prevent others from undermining them.”
“Our president’s leadership has moved our nation one step closer to fixing our broken immigration system. I applaud our mayor’s courageous action to join this powerful effort which rightfully values and protects the tremendous contributions the immigrant community brings to our schools, neighborhoods, and economy,” said Council Member Alondra Cano.
Cities United for Immigration Action was launched last fall as an effort for support immigration action. Mayor Hodges is one of roughly 50 mayors from across the country who make up the Mayors’ Steering Committee for the group.
Texas v. the United States
In December, Texas and other states, including Wisconsin and South Dakota, brought a lawsuit in Federal District Court challenging the President’s executive action plan. They claim it’s unconstitutional and are seeking a preliminary injunction to block implementation of executive action. Twenty-six states are now plaintiffs in that lawsuit.