New York Times
By Meera Srinivasan
March 8, 2016
Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday that he was helping lead a coalition seeking to influence a coming Supreme Court case because President Obama’s executive action on immigration would have a “direct, tangible impact” on at least 2.2 million New Yorkers. The mayor spoke during a conference call with reporters.
Mr. de Blasio, along with 100 mayors and county leaders, signed an amicus brief to be filed in the case, United States v. Texas, urging the court to let Mr. Obama’s program, which gives temporary legal status to some undocumented immigrants, go forward.
The brief comes as the Supreme Court prepares to hear a challenge to Mr. Obama’s 2014 overhaul of immigration rules, which met sharp resistance from Congress and was blocked by a lower court. The case is expected to be heard in April.
The executive action seeks to protect up to five million people from deportation, allowing many of them to temporarily work in the United States with no assurance of citizenship. It applies to undocumented immigrants who entered the country illegally as children or are parents of children who are American citizens.
All of the elected officials who signed on are Democrats, though nonpartisan organizations such as the United States Conference of Mayors also joined.
“Immigrants are part of the economic and social fabric of our cities and nation,” Mr. de Blasio said in a statement announcing the brief. “They work in and own businesses, shop in our stores and send their children to our schools. But the long-delayed implementation of the president’s executive action is tearing those families and our communities apart.”
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