Republican and Democratic Mayors Call for Bipartisan Solution to Protect Dreamers 

Press Conference Call on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 12:15 pm EST

WASHINGTON, DC—Tomorrow, Thursday, December 7th at 12:15pm EST, Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) will join a bipartisan group of mayors representing the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) for a telephone press conference to urge Congress to pass the Dream Act before the end of the year.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, will lead the call, and will be joined by Anaheim, CA Mayor Tom Tait; Providence, RI Mayor Jorge Elorza; and Mesa, AZ Mayor John Giles. They will call on Congress to protect Dreamers, who know no other home other than the United States.  In the three months since the DACA program was terminated, more than 10,000 Dreamers have lost their DACA protection.

 In October 2017, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) sent an open letter to Congress urging quick passage of bipartisan legislation that would enable Dreamers to earn lawful permanent residence and eventually American citizenship if they meet certain criteria. One hundred and seventy-six bipartisan mayors in 39 states and the District of Columbia signed the letter.  See full text of letter here.

The Conference of Mayors has had strong policy supporting DACA since the program began. At USCM’s Annual Meeting in June, the nation’s mayors passed a resolution to support extension of the DACA program and permanent legal status for Dreamers.


Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL)

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, President of the US Conference of Mayors

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, Co-chair USCM Immigration Reform Task Force

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Co-chair USCM Immigration Reform Task Force

Mesa Mayor John Giles, USCM Trustee

Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director, USCM


US Conference of Mayors Press Conference Call on Quick Passage of the Dream Act


Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 12:15 pm ET to 12:45 pm ET


Conference Call Number: 1 (866) 868-1282; passcode: 9463 617#


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