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U.S. mayors add pressure to Supreme Court over immigration reform

To date, almost 120 cities and counties have signed onto the amicus brief that urges the Supreme Court to act on Obama's executive orders on immigration reform.

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The U.S. Conference of Mayors added their support Tuesday to a court brief in favor of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration reform.

To date, almost 120 cities and counties have signed onto an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court. The brief urges the nation's highest court to reverse a lower court's ruling that effectively halted Obama's actions. The two programs in question would provide relief from deportation to undocumented immigrants awaiting more comprehensive immigration reform.

“Implementing the President’s executive actions will ensure that millions of undocumented immigrants, who want to play by the rules and pay taxes, are protected from deportation and made eligible to work," Baltimore Mayor and President of the U.S. Conference on Mayors Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. "These actions will not only stabilize families and communities, they will strengthen the American economy and our national security."

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case in April on Obama's Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program and an expanded version of his 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The two programs have been in legal limbo since February 2015, when a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction that stopped their implementation.

“Conference policy has long called for repairs to our nation’s broken immigration system," Rawlings-Blake continued. "While that policy has generally envisioned Congressional action, it has also called for executive action when Congress failed to act.”

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