Immigration

DACA

Other Immigration Issues

  • U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting, Immigration Discussion, January 19, 2022, Video: Speakers included Chris Magnus, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, United States Department of Homeland Security; Esteban Moctezuma Barragán, The Ambassador of Mexico to the United States; and Jen Smyers, Chief of Staff, Office of Refugee Resettlement, United States Department of Health and Human Services.
  • USCM Lawsuit Challenging Trump Administration Immigration Conditions on DOJ Grants Settled, November 19, 2021
    • On July 16, 2018, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the City of Evanston filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions “to stop the federal government’s aggressive and escalating effort to force cities into becoming the deportation arm of the federal government.” Our case, handled by pro bono attorneys at Chicago-based Tabet DiVito & Rothstein LLC (“TDR”), challenged the immigration-related conditions that the Department of Justice imposed on receipt of Byrne JAG public safety grants. We filed the lawsuit at the request of the City of Chicago, which along with several other cities filed their own suits, and to carry out the Conference’s adopted policy.
    • At every instance in the legal process that followed our case was successful and as a result, Conference of Mayors members were able to continue to receive Byrne JAG funding without having to comply with the immigration-related conditions.
    • Upon taking office, President Biden revoked the Executive Order that established the policies behind the immigration-related conditions, and Justice Department lawyers began to settle the pending lawsuits, including ours. On November 19 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit dismissed the Justice Department’s merits’ appeal, and our case was settled. In addition, the Justice Department reimbursed our attorneys for a portion of the time they spent defending us. We are very grateful to our attorneys, TDR partners Brian Hausmann and Kate O’Brien, for the incredible work they did on behalf of America’s mayors and their cities.
  • READOUT: American Mayors Convene with Administration Officials to Discuss Shared Immigration Priorities, March 19, 2021|
  • Mayors Send Letter to Congress in Support of H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, March 17, 2021
  • Mayors Applaud President Biden’s Executive Orders to Reunify Families Separated at the Border and Establish a Safe, Lawful Immigration System, February 2, 2021
  • U.S. Mayors Applaud President Biden’s Day One Action on DACA, Other Immigration Provisions, January 20, 2021
  • Fix Our Broken Immigration System, The Mayors’ 2020 Vision: An American Breakthrough, August 16, 2020

Latest News

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors on Fifth Circuit Ruling on DACA

October 6, 2022|Comments Off on Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors on Fifth Circuit Ruling on DACA

Washington, DC—Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a lower court decision that found the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unlawful. On a bipartisan basis, the U.S. Conference of

Statement by The U.S. Conference of Mayors on the Issuance of Final DACA Regulations

August 25, 2022|Comments Off on Statement by The U.S. Conference of Mayors on the Issuance of Final DACA Regulations

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday the Department of Homeland Security announced a final regulation on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which will be published Tuesday and take effect October 31, 2022. The U.S. Conference of Mayors

Following U.S. District Court Decision Against DACA, Nation’s Mayors Urge Congress to Take Immediate Action to Protect Dreamers

August 3, 2021|Comments Off on Following U.S. District Court Decision Against DACA, Nation’s Mayors Urge Congress to Take Immediate Action to Protect Dreamers

179 Bipartisan Mayors Sign Letter Calling on Congressional Leadership to Provide a Permanent Path to Citizenship for all Dreamers Washington, DC— In a letter, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) is calling on Congress

READOUT: American Mayors Convene with Administration Officials to Discuss Shared Immigration Priorities

March 19, 2021|Comments Off on READOUT: American Mayors Convene with Administration Officials to Discuss Shared Immigration Priorities

Washington, DC—Yesterday, a bipartisan delegation of border mayors, representing the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), met virtually with officials from the U.S Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to