Criminal and Social Justice

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|

Selected News Clips From USCM Meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions

  On Tuesday, April 25th U.S. Conference of Mayors leadership met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions to discuss a range of public safety issues, including reducing violent crime, strengthening police-community relations, criminal justice reform, and Justice Department provisions in January 25 interior enforcement Executive Order. Meeting participants included:  USCM Vice President New Orleans (LA) Mayor Mitch Landrieu, [...]

Statement by USCM CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on Nationwide Injunction of Executive Order Sanctuary Cities Provisions

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran issued the following statement on today’s ruling of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California: The nation’s mayors applaud today’s decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California which granted San Francisco and Santa Clara [...]

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|

Nation’s Mayors to Meet With Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. –  A delegation of the nation’s mayors will meet with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, April 25th at the Department of Justice (DOJ) to discuss a range of public safety issues, including reducing violent crime, strengthening police-community relations, criminal justice reform, and Justice Department provisions [...]

U.S. Mayors Issue Bipartisan Call for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

  Washington, D.C. -- Through the U.S Conference of Mayors, 101 mayors from 33 states are jointly calling on Congress to fix the nation’s broken immigration system by passing bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation.  From cities large and small, the mayors have signed a bipartisan letter urging members of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate to enact comprehensive immigration reform that would: Strengthen our borders while [...]

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. [...]

Nation’s Mayors Meet with Department of Homeland Security Kelly

  Washington, D.C. –  U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) leadership, including USCM President Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, USCM Vice President New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, USCM Second Vice President Columbia Mayor Stephen Benjamin, Latino Alliance Chair Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Immigration Reform Task Force Co-Chair Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Criminal & Social Justice [...]

Statement by USCM CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on Today’s Remarks by Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Washington, D.C. – USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement on today’s remarks on Sanctuary Jurisdictions by Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “Today U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions accused some states and cities of adopting ‘policies designed to frustrate the enforcement of our immigration laws.’  This statement is incorrect, unfortunate, and [...]

By | 2017-03-27T17:30:15+00:00 March 27, 2017|Criminal and Social Justice, Immigration Reform, Press Room|

Audio Press Conference on Cities Day of Action for Immigration Reform

Listen to the press conference here: Featuring: Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Chair of the Latino Alliance of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, Co-Chair of the Immigration Reform Task Force Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Co-Chair of the Immigration Reform Task Force Seattle Mayor Ed [...]

The U.S. Conference of Mayors Issues Statement on Report From ICE on Declined Detainers

U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran issued the following statement on the Report from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Declined Detainers: “The U.S. Conference of Mayors has serious concerns with the Declined Detainer Outcome Report ICE released today. “It lists jurisdictions as non-compliant that are currently complying with federal law, [...]

By | 2017-03-21T06:12:45+00:00 March 21, 2017|Criminal and Social Justice, Immigration Reform, Press Room|

The U.S. Conference of Mayors Registers Strong Support for Refugees and Immigrants

Washington, D.C.  – The U.S. Conference of Mayors top officers issued the following statement today in response to President Trump’s Executive Order issued late Friday halting the admission of refugees or other immigrants into the United States: “At our June 2016 annual meeting The U.S. Conference of Mayors adopted policy recognizing our country’s “strong tradition [...]

U.S. Mayors, Police Chiefs Concerned with Sanctuary Cities Executive Order

Washington, D.C. – The following joint statement was issued today by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran and Major Cities Chiefs Association President and Montgomery County, MD Chief of Police J. Thomas Manger regarding President Trump’s Executive Order, Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States: “Mayors and police [...]

Statement on Death of Janet Reno by USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement on the death of Attorney General Janet Reno: “U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno understood our cities and their public safety needs; and she brought that understanding to many of the decisions she made as Attorney General. [...]

By | 2017-02-22T09:33:00+00:00 November 7, 2016|Criminal and Social Justice, News, Press Room|

Statement by USCM President Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett on the Murder of Two Police Officers in Des Moines Area

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Conference of Mayors President Oklahoma City (OK) Mayor Mick Cornett issued the following statement today following news of the murder of two police officers in the Des Moines (IA) area: “The fatal ambush of two police officers early this morning in Des Moines and Urbandale tragically demonstrates the danger our police [...]

By | 2017-02-22T09:33:01+00:00 November 2, 2016|Criminal and Social Justice, Press Room|

The Nation’s Mayors Call on Presidential Candidates to Partner With Cities

Oklahoma City, OK—Under the leadership of U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, a bipartisan delegation of mayors who serve in the organization’s leadership convened to identify specific areas of focus they believe the next President of the United States should prioritize. They called for federal cooperation on issues important to [...]

The U.S. Conference of Mayors Commemorates the 15th Anniversary of September 11th

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Conference of Mayors President Oklahoma City (OK) Mayor Mick Cornett today issued the following statement in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2011: "America's mayors paid tribute to the victims of 9/11 15 years ago and continue to do so today. We are reminded today of the unspeakable loss [...]

By | 2017-02-22T09:33:05+00:00 September 11, 2016|Criminal and Social Justice, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on the Death of Former Miami Police Chief John Timoney

Washington, DC U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran today released the following statement on the death of John Timoney: Americas mayors and Americas cities have lost a great one. John Timoney was totally dedicated to being the best, and he was the best. He respected The United States Conference of [...]

Community Conversations and Other Efforts to Strengthen Police-Community Relations In 49 Cities

Download the Report: Community Conversations and Other Efforts to Strengthen Police-Community Relations In 49 Cities   Washington, DC – Mayors across the country have undertaken significant efforts to further strengthen police and community relations, a new report of 49 cities released today from The U.S. Conference of Mayors shows. The report finds that in response to [...]