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"Mayors and senior officials from 25 cities across the country met Monday in New York to rally support and lay the groundwork for implementing President Obama’s executive actions to provide relief to millions of undocumented immigrants nationwide. Brought together by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the summit connected city officials who represent some of the largest immigrant populations in the country in a coalition currently made up exclusively of Democratic lawmakers. Cities United for Immigration Action, formed earlier this month, builds on a larger effort from municipalities to push comprehensive immigration reform in the wake of congressional inaction. “The president’s action is a strong beginning and will affect millions,” de Blasio said in a press conference from Gracie Mansion Monday. “It’s also a gateway to something much greater: Comprehensive immigration reform.” ... The coalition of Democrats provides much-needed support behind the president’s actions ahead of the next legislative session. In the face of the growing opposition in red states, the president will be heading to the South in efforts to sell his measures to the public, speaking in Nashville, Tennessee, which has seen its immigrant community grow in recent years. “The folks on the other side of this issue have been very loud and very forceful in voicing their disagreement with the president’s order,” Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta said. ”We we think candidly that there needs to be somebody on the other side who is standing up for folks and having a substantive conversation about how we can actually move this along.” " - Amanda Sakuma, MSNBC, Dec. 8, 2014.