A Unified Voice on U.S. Immigration Reform and ICE Worksite Enforcement

From June 20-24, 2008, U.S. Mayors from across the United States met in Miami, Florida for their annual conference. One important piece of their agenda was to establish a unified voice in dealing with U.S. Immigration Reform and ICE Worksite Enforcement. The U.S. Conference of Mayors have adopted several resolutions in regards to establishing this unified voice. The most important of the 2008 adopted resolutions are provided below:

Immigration Reform

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by The U.S. Conference of Mayors acting on behalf of its constituents to call on the President of the United States to issue an executive order to cease and desist in the execution of all raids and deportations that do not relate to our national security or to criminal activity until comprehensive immigration reform is completed and to suspend immediately all deportations of parents with U.S. citizens children; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors supports comprehensive immigration reform which promotes the reunification of families, provides legal status with a path to earned citizenship to the estimated 12 million undocumented workers and designs a plan for current and future immigrant workers.

ICE Worksite Enforcement

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors calls upon U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement to develop a national policy for its workforce enforcement activities that focuses on employers with a demonstrated history or reasonable suspicion of engaging in exploitative practices, such as violation of wage, hour or occupational safety laws and regulations; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that ICE not prioritize responsible employers for worksite enforcement activities before accurate verification systems are available or comprehensive immigration reform regularizes the status of workers on whom they rely; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that ICE should strive to keep in close communication with the nation’s mayors when conducting worksite enforcement activities in their cities.

Although the U.S. Conference of Mayors have agreed to establish a unified voice on the matters listed above, comprehensive immigration reform and changes with ICE Worksite Enforcement will not change unless the President or Congress elect to change them. Therefore, the MVP Law Group, P.A. recommends that you contact your local representative to express your concerns on the matters mentioned above.