Hoboken joining nationwide lawsuit to implement Obama’s immigration reform


The city of Hoboken is joining a nationwide lawsuit, which includes 73 cities and counties from 27 states and represents 43 million people, which is urging the immediate implementation of President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration.  Hoboken City Hall

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

As part of Cities United for Immigration Action, Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced yesterday that Hoboken will join 73 cities and counties to file a new friend-of-the-court brief in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in the Texas vs. United States lawsuit.

The brief demonstrates robust support from the country’s largest cities – as well as its suburbs and rural areas – for the President’s reforms, which will provide temporary relief from deportation to immigrants with longstanding ties to the U.S. who pass a background check and meet other criteria.

The cities and counties, representing 43 million people across the country, argue that the district court judge who temporarily blocked implementation of the programs failed to consider the significant harms to America’s local governments caused by this delay.

Yesterday’s brief more than doubles the number of local governments that had previously voiced opposition to the lawsuit brought by states seeking to block President Obama’s immigration reform efforts.

“We must do better to honor our country’s proud immigration tradition,” Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said in a statement. “Too many immigrants live in fear, afraid to become members of our society, while Congress fails to take any meaningful action to fix a broken immigration system.”

“Their inaction has real consequences for our communities, which is why I fully support President Obama’s leadership and common sense executive actions. I thank Mayor de Blasio for initiating this brief and building this important coalition of leaders.”

As part of Cities United for Immigration Action, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti led the effort to organize more than 70 cities and counties, the National League of Cities, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in arguing that the national public interest is served clearly and overwhelmingly by implementing immigration relief by executive action without delay.

According to the city of Hoboken, here is the full list of cities and states getting involved with this litigation:

Alexandria, VA
Allentown, PA
Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Baltimore, MD
Bell, CA
Boston, MA
Bridgeport, CT
Buffalo, NY
Cambridge, MA
Central Falls, RI
Chapel Hill, NC
Charleston, SC
Chicago, IL
Coconino County, AZ
Columbia, SC
Columbus, OH
Dallas County, TX
Dayton, OH
Denver, CO
Dolton, IL
El Paso County, TX
Everett, MA
Gary, IN
Haledon, NJ
Hartford, CT
Highland Park, IL
Hoboken, NJ
Holyoke, MA
Houston, TX
Jersey City, NJ
Kansas City, MO
Little Rock, AR
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County, CA
Lucas County, OH
Madison, WI
Milwaukee, WI
Minneapolis, MN
Montgomery County, MD
Newark, NJ
New York, NY
Niagara Falls, NY
North Miami, FL
Oakland, CA
Paterson, NJ
Philadelphia, PA
Pittsburgh, PA
Plainfield, NJ
Portland, OR
Providence, RI
Racine, WI
Ramsey County, MN
Rochester, NY
Salt Lake City, UT
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA
Santa Ana, CA
Santa Cruz County, AZ
Santa Fe, NM
Santa Monica, CA
Schenectady, NY
Seattle, WA
Skokie, IL
St. Louis, MO
State College, PA
Syracuse, NY
Tacoma, WA
Tampa, FL
Travis County, TX
Washington, D.C.
West Covina, CA
Yonkers, NY
National League of Cities
U.S. Conference of Mayors

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  1. Hogwash. Travis County, Texas whose hosts the Capital, Austin, most certainly is NOT supported here….I believe this ridculous list to be completely fake as it is not backed by any documentation in this article. Few there be in the state of Texas have not been negatively impacted by being one of the top 3 states who have suffered from the invasion of illegal aliens.

    Grannny used to say “believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see”

  2. Uh, we’re talking about Illegal Alien Immigrants not just “Immigrants.” The constant deliberate conflating of the two just adds disregard for the sentences after stating this.

    And, NOTE & WARNING: The links provided below contain direct quotes from Obama and his officials.

    The Left-Leaning LA Times posted an article that shows that the Obama administration, the Illegal Alien lobby, and the major media outlets have been in collusion to depict the “high” deportation numbers. The exact opposite is true since the beginning of the current President’s policy. Interior deportation has and will be lower than 1973 rates. This is leading towards more people overstaying their visas and currently, more Illegal Alien minors crossing the border. Obama has just recently instructed border patrol to not turn back those Illegal Aliens on record as having entered illegally as priors, but to let them pass IF they don’t have a major criminal record. After the first Illegal Entry, it is a felony each time thereafter.

    Even Obama in 2011, called the deportation numbers deceptive when talking to Hispanic voters. President Obama said statistics that show his administration is on track to deport more illegal immigrants than the Bush administration are misleading.

    “The statistics are a little deceptive,” he said Wednesday in an online discussion aimed at Hispanic voters.”

    “If you are a run-of-the-mill immigrant here illegally, your odds of getting deported are close to zero — it’s just highly unlikely to happen,” John Sandweg, until recently the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement





  3. I am dead set against indiscriminate abuse of immigration laws. Obama who declared himself not our emperor or Supreme Leader is behaving exactly that way. Being a successful Dental Laboratory technician built from the ground up,graduate of M. I. D. T NYC.1975.I find myself in a position of need. Battling,autoimmune based diseases since 1968 ie. Ankylosing-spondylitis ,Psoriatic arthritis,plaque psoriasis, Pemphigus v i could not continue to work.Seeking help from state was an eye-opening experience.Office of assistance was a conga line of people who did not speak english or pretended not to, as the situation dictated.Now to be brief – this is run like a private club, i am a white 60yr old male living w 3 emancipated children. And my feeling from watching and listening over many visits is this: I AM NOT INVITED or WANTED in this” lets get as much as we can, as fast as we can” club. Oh- if you need help with food or SNAP . the office is called Dept. of Hispanic Affairs. I find the title extremely offensive! when it is people like myself who paid for these programs with their tax dollars. I was given the insulting sum of 6.00 a month when the nefarious others get much more. I would rather get nothing than this insult. I was released Morristown medical center 4 /17 after a massive heart attack. I believe that it costs TAX PAYERS more than 6 dollars to give me 6 dollars, paperwork, salaries,benefits etc. Must stop for my health.

    • I hear you Michael. It’s a story heard often. Keep on telling it to everyone whether they want to listen or not. USA is not for Americans or for those who have respect for our laws. Remember who has been in office for the last six years, and remember the RHINOS who sold us out.

      • I blame many administrations , But Obama has taken it an unprecedented level of danger. Things are imploding for him,losing his constituency in droves .You just cannot defend the indefensible! What is happening [ not happening] — shows just how important America is to world balance. That is fact!. It is playing out everyday on the news, so,media, people being exterminated men, women, children, DAILY! And the Clintons! Now this President got away with breaking protocol ie. the law!. Whats happening now is the direct result of no accountability for breaking the law , especially high profiles, it just trickles right down to all the nefarious individuals out there TONS of them coming out of the cracks like roaches, and the people who do the right thing feel duped , and cheated. America is pissed off, big time, and im in! We must stop drinking this left wing kool-aid everyone is so afraid of everything, thats what the goal was, and it has succeeded Our Pres bashing Christians making deals with Iran THE devil himself.high priestess of islamic extremism Now left wing nazis are breaking down republicans doors at night with their children there, being taken away for expressing their views Unbelievable. Have stop i dont want a second heart attack.. Maybe this is Gods wake up call– straighten it out or perish. Michael Doyle vcc.