Immigration Law

Cities, Counties Ask Appeals Court To Let Obama Immigration Programs Move Forward

"Leaders from more than 70 cities and counties, some going against their states, joined a legal brief filed Monday asking an appeals court to allow President Barack Obama's deportation relief policies to move forward.  "Continuing to delay implementation of the president’s executive action on immigration hurts our economy and puts families at risk," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), who spearheaded the effort with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) as part of Cities United for Immigration Action, said in a statement. ... Nearly every House Democrat -- 181 of them -- signed on to another amicus brief filed on Monday asking the appeals court to lift the preliminary injunction on Obama's immigration policies.  The House Democrats' amicus brief says that they "well understand the importance of ensuring that the executive does not exceed its constitutional or statutory authority."  But it goes on to say that the lawmakers understand the executive has the authority to use its discretion in enforcing the law.  "The broad discretionary authority to set removal policies and priorities is both explicit and implicit in the Nation’s immigration laws and has been exercised also by prior Administrations of both parties in ways consistent with the Secretary’s actions," the brief states, referring to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.  More than 150 civil rights and immigration advocacy groups also filed an amicus brief Monday in support of Obama's immigration policies." - Elise Foley, Apr. 6 2015.