Philadelphia Joins 30 Cities in Support for Immigrant

Philadelphia Joins 30 Cities in Support for Immigrant

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Philadelphia Joins 30 Cities in Calls for President Obama to Continue his Administration’s Support for Immigrant Communities as he Leaves OfficePhiladelphia, PA - The City of Philadelphia and Mayor Jim Kenney joined 30 members of Cities for Action, a coalition of over 100 mayors and county executives from across the country, in issuing an open letter to President Obama, thanking him for his Administration’s support for immigrant families and urging him to commit to further protections for the many immigrants in their communities before he leaves office.

In this letter, local leaders recommend that the Obama Administration take the following steps:

  • Strengthen support for young immigrants with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by accepting early DACA renewal applications; committing to timely processing by USCIS for initial and renewal DACA applications; and implementing additional privacy protections for DACA holders to reassure recipients that they will not be punished as a result of coming out of the shadows.
  • Support immigrants who cannot safely return to their home countries due to conflict, natural disaster or other emergency conditions by reviewing current Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations and extending, re-designating, or making new designations as appropriate; and committing to timely processing by USCIS for TPS applications.

The mayors and county executives also thank the President for responding to concerns raised by coalition members, among others, about the failed, discriminatory National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) program, which created a “special registration” for immigrants from 25 primarily Muslim-majority countries. Representatives from a number of cities spoke with White House officials earlier this month and urged the Administration to end NSEERS and continue protections for immigrants with DACA and TPS. Cities for Action now commends the President for ending NSEERS.

“I am proud to stand with my fellow Mayors and take action to show our support of immigrant and refugee communities in all our cities.  I am happy to see the White House taking steps to protect those who are vulnerable and urge that more steps are taken to protect Dreamers and those with Temporary Protected Status,” said Mayor Jim Kenney.

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