Obama Plan To Protect Immigrants Backed By Democratic Mayors In Ongoing Legal Battle
International Business Times | Jan, 2015
More than 30 Democratic mayors plan to file an amicus brief in support of President Barack Obama’s efforts to shield more than 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation in an ongoing legal battle to overturn the White House policy. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the legal wrangling aimed at rallying behind Obama’s immigration policies on Friday.
The amicus brief opposes a lawsuit filed in Texas by Republican governors who claim Obama’s executive action on immigration announced in November is illegal because the measure was not approved by the GOP-controlled Congress. The National League of Cities and U.S. Conference of Mayors, as well as Democratic leaders including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel claim Obama’s immigration measures serve public interests across the nation.