U.S. mayors form coalition, plan summit to roll out executive action on immigration

From Fox News Latino:

< About two dozen U.S. mayors will be meeting next week to lay the groundwork for putting in place President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

The mayors of Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Baltimore and Philadelphia, among others, have formed a coalition entitled “Cities United for Immigration Action,” and will hold a summit in New York City on Sunday and Monday.

Last month, the president issued an executive order sparing potentially up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, and prioritizing the removal of criminals and people who recently have crossed into the United States illegally.

Those eligible for a reprieve from deportation are people who have lived here for at least five years, and have children who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.

“Our cities recognize and celebrate the contributions of immigrants to our nation, and we welcome immigrants in our communities,” the mayors coalition said in a statement. “The president’s action on immigration will strengthen our cities. It will keep families together, grow our economies and foster additional community trust in law enforcement and government."

“We are ready — and together we’re rolling up our sleeves to turn this policy into a better reality for millions of hardworking people in the communities we serve,” the statement continued. "While we continue to urge Congress to enact comprehensive and long-lasting reform, the president’s action will help many immigrants gain the opportunities, skills and status to reach their fullest potential, which will help America’s cities prosper.”

States will have to manage applications for driver’s licenses, for one thing, arising from newly eligible people who will be benefiting from the president’s executive action. >

< In a statement announcing the meeting, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is hosting it, said on the city’s official website: “The President’s soon-to-be-announced reforms will initiate an economic, political and social transformation of our cities and our country.” >

< The coalition’s announcement listed among its goals the drafting of an outreach plan that would include immigrant communities, local authorities, among others, to inform foreign-born residents about the details of the president’s executive action, eligibility requirements and how to apply. >

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