On Monday, December 8, I was honored to join Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and, Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Obama, at the Mayors Summit on Immigration Implementation, hosted by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Mayors from large and small cities around the country came to participate, and it was a pleasure to meet with them and discuss the important work ahead.
The summit is part of the effort led by Cities United for Immigration Action
, a coalition formed by mayors “to support and help implement President Obama’s executive action on immigration.”
In all, there were 18 mayors and 26 cities represented at the summit.
The Secretary provided the mayors with a brief overview of the actions announced by the President
, and reiterated the Administration’s view that the administrative actions are no substitute for Congress enacting comprehensive immigration reform.
In my remarks, I noted the importance of the existing partnerships and collaboration we have with many of the cities represented at Gracie Mansion, including working together in our outreach and public engagement efforts. Cities can be strong allies as we reach out to those seeking help from USCIS – both through the existing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program
, the naturalization process, or the new efforts announced by President Obama. I had the privilege of participating in a similar dialogue with commissioners of offices of immigrant affairs and other senior staff from the cities represented at the summit.
USCIS Director León Rodríguez addresses mayors from large and small cities around the country at a summit on December 8.
As we continue to meet with people around the country on these issues, we want to remind potential applicants that they can find the most recent and accurate information at uscis.gov/immigrationaction
(and sign up for updates), and of course, they should be mindful of scams. Working together with mayors, and other key partners and stakeholders, we can make sure the public has the information they need to make the best informed decisions.