Cities United for Immigration Action (CUIA) is a nationwide coalition of mayors who have joined forces to ensure the successful implementation of the president’s immigration reform plan. The coalition includes 25 mayors who are leading the national dialogue on immigration reform at the municipal level and taking a leadership role to influence policy change from the ground up. CUIA will work to maximize the benefits of administrative relief while building support for congressional action on immigration reform. The mayors issued the following joint statement in advance of a two-day convening in New York City on December 7-8:
“Our cities recognize and celebrate the contributions of immigrants to our nation, and we welcome immigrants in our communities. 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. 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.”
The coalition includes Mayors Mark Stodola of Little Rock, Bill de Blasio of New York City, Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, Annise Parker of Houston, Ed Lee of San Francisco, Vincent C. Gray of Washington, Kasim Reed of Atlanta, Michael Nutter of Philadelphia, Mike Duggan of Detroit, Betsy Hodges of Minneapolis, Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio, Ralph Becker of Salt Lake City, Bill Peduto of Pittsburg, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore, Charlie Hales of Portland, Oregon, Michael Brennan of Portland, Maine, Gayle McLaughlin of Richmond, California, Byron Brown of Buffalo and Lovely A. Warren of Rochester of N.Y., from Michigan, Karen Majewski of Hamtramck, Virgil Bernero of Lansing, Nathan Triplett of East Lansing, Dayne Walling of Flint, Kurt R. Metzger of Pleasant Ridge, Marian McClellan of Oak Park and Bobby Hopewell of Kalamazoo, and more mayors are expected to join on in the days ahead.
At a time of congressional inaction, this new coalition sends a strong message about popular support and the crucial role cities to impact policy at the national level. The CUIA cities are united in their belief that immigrants are vital to the strength and economic growth of our nation, that their participation in civic activities must be nurtured, and that there is a bright line between federal immigration enforcement and local law enforcement. For more information, please visit CitiesForAction.us.