Cities United for Immigration Action

November 2nd, 2014

Cities matter! In an unprecedented show of support, twenty-five US mayors from some of America’s biggest cities have formed a coalition to support and help implement President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Supporters of Cities United for Immigration Action include New York’s Bill de Blasio, Los Angeles’s Eric Garcetti, Houston’s Annise Parker and the Washington’s Vincent C. Gray.

Why? “The president’s action on immigration will strengthen our cities. It will keep families together, grow our economies and foster additional community trust in law enforcement,” the mayors said in a statement. “We are ready — and together we’re rolling up our sleeves to turn this policy into a better reality for millions of hardworking people in the communities we serve.”

MayorsPanel_200x130For another perspective on the rising profile of cities and local government in the global debate on immigration, listen in to the Re-imagining the City session at the recent Cities of Migration Conference in Berlin, where panelists convinced the international audience that mayoral voices can be a particularly powerful tool to ease the path to inclusion for newcomers.

As noted by Jussi Pajune, Mayor of Helsinki, Finland, equality is a cherished Nordic value; where equality is valued and the idea of shared prosperity understood, it is easier for his city to push the idea of helping immigrants integrate. As the largest employer in Finland with more than 40,000 employees, Helsinki is an example of how the city can also be a role model for other employers in newcomer recruitment and development.

For more on the Cities United for Immigration Action campaign, follow the new website.



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