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About Laura Waxman

Laura Waxman is the Conference of Mayors' Director of Public Safety, focusing on criminal and social justice issues, immigration, human rights, and policing.

Letter to House Members Opposing H.R. 3003

Download the letter: USCM Letter Opposing HR3003   June 26, 2017 Dear Representative: I write to register the strong opposition of the nation’s mayors to H.R. 3003, a partisan bill that seeks to punish so-called “sanctuary cities," which is expected to be considered by the full House this week. The U.S. Conference of Mayors represents [...]

By | 2017-06-30T12:02:30+00:00 June 26, 2017|Criminal and Social Justice, Letters|

Public Safety Programs Funding Levels in FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

Congress completed work on May 4 and the President signed May 5 an omnibus spending bill for FY 2017 which provides pretty much level funding for public safety programs, including COPS hiring grants, Second Chance programs, fire grants, state homeland security grants, port and transit security grants, emergency management performance grants, and pre-disaster mitigation.  Seeing [...]

By | 2017-05-05T14:28:09+00:00 May 5, 2017|Criminal and Social Justice|

Mayors, Chief Manger Discuss Immigration Issues with Attorney General Jeff Sessions

In an April 25 meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Conference Vice President and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu stressed that the first priority for mayors and police chiefs is keeping America safe. He commented that police-community relations is an important part of accomplishing this and that every day local police are working with federal [...]

Homeland Security Leadership, Mayors Seek Clarity On Immigration Issues

Concluding a nearly two-hour April 24 meeting with top immigration leadership from the Department of Homeland Security, Conference Vice President and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu discussed the need to find consistency and clarity around key issues among DHS, the Justice Department, and the White House. On those issues, he summarized that the mayors and [...]

By | 2017-04-25T13:39:09+00:00 April 25, 2017|Criminal and Social Justice, Immigration Reform, Updates|

Mayors, Police Chiefs Meet with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly

The leadership of the United States Conference of Mayors, Major Cities Chiefs Association and Police Executive Research Forum met with Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on March 29 in Washington, D.C. to discuss the President’s January 25 interior enforcement Executive Order.  They requested the meeting shortly after the President signed the Executive Order. [...]