Actions

Through Cities for Action, our leaders have joined forces to create stronger and safer cities by driving the national debate, embracing new immigrants, and engaging with stakeholders to win on immigration policies. 

  • December 29, 2016 – Cities for Action issues a letter to the President of the United States, thanking the administration for ending the National Security Entry-Exit Registration Systems program following an earlier call with the White House and urging the administration to continue support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients and for immigrants granted Temporary Protected Status.  

  • December 11, 2016 – Cities for Action members convened in Nashville, TN as part of the National Immigrant Integration Conference. 

  • October 25, 2016 – Cities for Action issues a letter to the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of State, commending the administration for temporarily suspending the deportation of Haitians in the U.S. and calling for the extension of Temporary Protected Status to Haitians who are impacted by Hurricane Matthew. 

  • July 26, 2016 – Cities for Action issues an open letter to the next President of the United States, calling for a commitment to immigration reform in the first 100 days of the administration. 

  • June 23, 2016 – Cities for Action issues a statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Texas that upholds the injunction against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, committing to fighting onwards for immigration reforms.

  • May 19, 2016 - 12 cities sign onto a joint public comment submitted to the U.S. State Department, providing recommendations on the size and scope of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.  

  • May 12, 2016 - Cities for Action issues a statement in response to reports of planned federal ICE raids targeting mothers and children from Central America for deportation. 

  • April 28, 2016 - Cities for Action issues a statement in support of the resolution to repeal elements of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 and the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. 

  • April 18, 2016 - Cities for Action hosted events across the country on the day of the oral arguments in the United States v Texas case, urging the Supreme Court to rule in favor of the President's executive action on immigration. 

  • March 21, 2016 - 24 mayors sign onto a letter to Senate leadership, urging them to consider and vote on the President's nominee to the United States Supreme Court without undue obstruction or delay. 

  • March 18, 2016 - Cities for Action issues a statement in response to the House of Representatives' unprecedented vote in favor of filing an amicus brief in the United States v. Texas case. 

  • March 8, 2016 - 118 mayors and county leaders sign onto an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the President's executive action on immigration to move forward in the United States v. Texas case.  

  • February 15, 2016 – In line with commemorating Black History Month, Birmingham Mayor William Bell wrote an editorial to frame immigration as part of the Civil Rights Movement, and to voice support for the executive actions on immigration. 

  • January 7, 2016 – Cities for Action issues a statement in response to federal ICE raids targeting immigrant families from Central America for deportation.

  • December 4, 2015 – 84 mayors and county leaders sign onto an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review the appeal in the Texas v. United States case.

  • November 20, 2015 – Cities for Action hosted events across the country to mark the 1-year anniversary of the President’s Executive Action.

  • October 23, 2015 – Cities for Action echoed calls by leaders in the immigrant rights movement to move the Executive Action forward.

  • October 19, 2015 – In advance of the Senate vote on the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act, Cities for Action issued a letter to Senate leadership in opposition, citing data on how the proposed funding cuts would impact cities. The legislation was successfully blocked the next day.

  • October 7, 2015 – Alongside the Welcoming America Summit in Maryland and Washington D.C., over 10 Cities for Action cities met with Congressional staff from key offices on current immigration-related issues.

  • October 2, 2015 – Cities for Action issues a statement commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, a landmark legislation that removed race-based quotas.

  • September 29, 2015 – NYC MOIA Commissioner Nisha Agarwal co-authors an Op-Ed with the Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition on the need for cities to embrace pro-immigrant policies welcoming policies, highlighting cities working alongside advocacy organizations.

  • September 24, 2015 – 18 mayors sign onto a letter to the Obama Administration, urging to increase the number of Syrian refugees admitted into the U.S.

  • September 3, 2015 – Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton wrote a national editorial in defense of the 14th amendment, upholding birthright citizenship as an American institution.

  • July 31, 2015 – NYC MOIA Commissioner Nisha Agarwal represented Cities for Action on National Citizenship Briefing with the White House hosted by the National Partnership for New Americans & C4C.

  • July 30, 2015 – Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra represented Cities for Action on a Center for American Progress conference call about amicus efforts in the Texas v. US lawsuit.

  • July 23, 2015 – NYC MOIA’s Bitta Mostofi represented Cities for Action on #DignityDays webinar on municipal IDs.

  • July 23, 2015 – 22 mayors sign onto a letter to Congressional leaders opposing federal funding cuts to so-called “sanctuary cities.”

  • July 15, 2015 – Mayor Garcetti discussed Los Angeles’ role in leading Cities for Action at the National Press Club.

  • July 10, 2015 – Atlanta Mayor Reed and Houston Mayor Parker co-author an Op- Ed which argues that plaintiff states do not represent the view of cities within those states with regard to immigration and the lawsuit; released on date in which 5th Circuit Court heard oral arguments on challenge to President’s Executive Action.

  • May 19, 2015 – Cities for Action cities participate in a digital day of action to commemorate the date that DAPA applications were scheduled to become available.

  • May 18, 2015 – Cities for Action organizes first-ever Municipal ID Conference in New York City where over 20 cities shared best practices.

  • April 17, 2015 – Cities for Action cities participate in a local organizing day of action to coincide with oral arguments in the 5th Circuit Court and Immigrant Heritage Week.

  • April 14, 2015 – Cities for Action members, including NYC, LA, Boston and Seattle submitted contributions to the White House’s Task Force on New Americans.

  • April 6, 2015 – 73 mayors and county leaders sign onto an amicus brief in support of executive action in the Texas v. United States case in the New Orleans 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • February 18, 2015 - Cities for Action cities participate in a digital day of action to commemorate the date that DACA+ applications were scheduled to become available.

  • January 23, 2015 – 33 mayors and county leaders sign onto an amicus brief in support of executive action in the Texas v. United States case in the Texas District Court.

  • December 10, 2014 – 26 mayors and county leaders sign onto a letter to Senate Judiciary to support the Executive Action.

  • December 8, 2014 – Mayors and immigrant affairs staff from over 20 cities attend the Mayors Summit on Immigration Implementation in New York City.

  • December 1, 2014 – Cities for Action launches digitally with 25 mayors.