Richmond pledges support for President Obama’s executive actions on immigration

Richmond pledges support for Obama's executive actions on immigration

As part of Cities for Action, Mayor Tom Butt announced Tuesday that Richmond will join 118 cities and counties taking action to support President Obama’s controversial executive actions on immigration, which are up against a major legal battle.

All 118 jurisdictions including Richmond have filed a friend-of-the-court amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Texas. The brief urges the Supreme Court to overturn a Texas federal court decision to block the President’s executive actions on immigration. The actions in 2014 included deferring deportations and granting work permits to more than 4 million of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

Backed by more than 200 Democrats, the brief argues that Obama’s actions were both legal and constitutional. Republicans beg to differ. For a clear breakdown of the issue with arguments from both sides of the debate, visit The Council of Foreign Relations here.

Mayor Butt said President Obama’s executive action “has the potential to bring our undocumented residents into the fold and give them the opportunity to fully participate in society.”

“As we work hard to uplift all our residents, the last thing we need is the tremendous burden of a broken immigration system holding down large portions of our community,” Mayor Butt said.