Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday waded into the Supreme Court’s consideration of President Obama’s immigration executive actions when he and Democrats from more than 100 cities and counties filed a brief supporting the president.
“This is not about politics as much as it’s about people, and it’s about promises,” Garcetti told reporters by phone. “We want to see cities that are prosperous, not that are picking up the failures of Washington.”
Garcetti said the nation’s current immigration system hurts cities and counties economically because people work for low wages, can’t earn scholarships and access healthcare or are afraid to work with police. Obama's executive actions would make people in the country illegally feel more secure as they applied for citizenship, he said.