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28 Big-City Mayors Join to Support Obama Amnesty

By    |   Friday, 23 January 2015 02:00 PM

While 25 states are suing President Barack Obama over his executive action to grant amnesty to up to five million illegal aliens, many mayors beg to disagree.

Some 28 mayors of major U.S. cities, so far, plan to file a brief in the lawsuit in support of Obama's action, stating, "The public interest across the country is served clearly and overwhelmingly by implementing immigration reform by executive action," The Washington Post reported.

The action by the mayors, from Los Angeles, New York, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Denver, San Francisco, and other major cities, was announced at the meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, and the mayor of Washington, D.C., Muriel Bowser, also joined in, the Post said.

Atlanta's Mayor Kasim Reed, a Democrat, signed on to the brief as well, although Georgia, led by Republican Gov. John Nathan Deal, is one of the states which have joined the lawsuit filed against Obama, The Hill reports.

Texas, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin have joined in the lawsuit opposing Obama.

Twelve states — California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont and Washington — along with the District of Columbia, have filed a brief in support of Obama in the lawsuit, The Hill reports.

The remaining 13 states have taken no action as yet.

"Delaying implementation of the President’s executive action will further hurt our families, negatively impact our economies and create unnecessary insecurity in our communities," New York's Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement, the Post reported.

The lawsuit, which originated in Texas, challenges Obama's November executive action on the grounds that he overstepped his authority by blocking amnesty for "approximately 40% of the known undocumented-immigrant population" and "unilaterally rewrote the law."

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti who, along with de Blasio, is leading the mayors' drive, said at the meeting, "If we can’t move forward with this, you are assigning us a worse economic condition, a worse criminal justice system, less safe streets and less prosperity for everyone," The Los Angeles Times reported.

"Many of our cities are larger than those states that are suing. We have a lot of cities that stepped up and want to be a part of it."

Garcetti, a Democrat, told the Times he expects that U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, appointed by President George W. Bush, may rule against them.

But he added, "They may win the first round, judging from what I have heard about the court this is in, but it will be appealed," the Times reported.

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