LOS ANGELES – An amicus brief led by the office of Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, and joined by 84 cities and counties across the county (including Los Angeles) was filed today, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to lift a nationwide injunction against implementing a federal immigration enforcement policy proposed by President Obama.
"The President's immigration directives are lawful and fair, providing important opportunities for qualifying immigrants to contribute to their communities," said Feuer. "I'm very proud that cities and counties across our nation are standing together to support a crucial immigration policy that promotes public safety, economic development and family unity."
The amicus brief submitted by the mayors, cities, and counties asks the United States Supreme Court to review a decision by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal that left in place a lower court’s injunction against the 2014 executive actions by President Obama, called Deferred Actions for Parents of Americans, which took steps to stop the deportation of millions of immigrants, here illegally, but whose children are citizens or green card holders.
The brief, primarily drafted by the Los Angeles City Attorney and the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York and joined by a host of partners, makes a strong case in support of lifting the injunction on public safety, economic and humanitarian grounds. The brief asserts that a continued injunction will have a significant adverse public safety impact by discouraging immigrant communities from working with the police to solve and prevent crime; will negatively impact local economic development by denying new sources of tax-based revenue; will break up mixed-status families across the country; and could have a disrupting impact on future federal initiatives and related local programs.
The brief was joined by 84 cities and counties across the country including Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Eugene, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Miami, New Orleans, Phoenix, Tallahassee, and San Diego, as well as the United States Conference of Mayors.