Criminal and Social Justice

Bipartisan Mayors to Trump: Protect Dreamers, Continue DACA Program

Mayors Garcetti, Elorza, Tait, Giles to Urge President to Continue DACA Program, Highlight Economic Contribution of DACA Recipients to Nation’s Economy Press Conference Call Today, Tuesday, August 29 at 12:00 pm ET Washington, D.C. — In response to reports that the Trump Administration may soon end a program that allows young undocumented immigrants who came to [...]

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran Urging President Trump to Continue DACA Program

Washington, D.C. –   U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “In response to credible rumors circulating that the Trump Administration may move quickly to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the U.S. Conference of Mayors [...]

By | 2017-08-25T10:32:40+00:00 August 25, 2017|Criminal and Social Justice, Immigration Reform, News, Press Room|

Responding to Charlottesville, U.S. Conference of Mayors and ADL Join on Action Plan to Combat Hate, Extremism & Discrimination

More than 200 mayors pledge to vigorously fight bigotry, work to build tolerance in their cities  ‘Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate, Extremism and Bigotry’ calls for fully-resourced law enforcement and civil rights investigations of domestic terrorism and hate crimes New York, NY/Washington, D.C., August 18, 2017 – The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and The [...]

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Attack on Chicago Today

Washington, D.C. –  U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Attack on Chicago Today: “It’s clear from his statement today that Attorney General Jeff Sessions doesn’t understand what it means to run a city that welcomes immigrants.  He doesn’t understand the Constitutional [...]

By | 2017-08-16T16:18:46+00:00 August 16, 2017|Criminal and Social Justice, Immigration Reform, News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on Threat to CDBG in Senate Border Security Bill

Washington, D.C. –  U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement on the threat to Community Development Block Grant funds in the Senate Border Security Bill -- Building America’s Trust Act: “The nation’s mayors strongly oppose a provision in the Building America’s Trust Act introduced in the Senate Thursday which would withhold Community [...]

The U.S. Conference of Mayors Urges Passage of Bipartisan Senate Dreamer Bill

Washington, D.C. – Leaders of The U.S. Conference of Mayors today registered support for bipartisan legislation enabling Dreamers – people who have lived in America since they were children and built their lives here – to earn lawful permanent residence and, eventually, American citizenship. In a letter to the bill's authors, Senators Lindsey Graham (SC) and Dick [...]

By | 2017-07-28T12:39:33+00:00 July 28, 2017|Criminal and Social Justice, Immigration Reform, News, Press Room|

Bipartisan Mayors Call on Congress to Save Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Ahead of Congressional Markup

Mayors Urge House Committee to Keep Public Safety Program Funded at Least at White House-Proposed Levels COPS Program Vital to Public Safety of American Cities WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) called on Congressional appropriators to stave off cuts to the Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) program and provide at least the [...]

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|

U.S. Conference of Mayors Issues Statement on London Terror Attack

   Washington, D.C. –  U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement on the London terror attack: “The United States Conference of Mayors stands today united with Mayor Sadiq Khan of London and the people of London. “We send condolences to family and loved ones of those dead and [...]

By | 2017-06-04T15:13:16+00:00 June 4, 2017|Criminal and Social Justice, News, Press Room|

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|