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10 December 2014

Director Rodríguez attends the Mayors Summit on Immigration Implementation with Secretary Johnson and Senior Advisor Jarrett

On Monday, December 8, I was honored to join Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and, Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Obama, at the Mayors Summit on Immigration Implementation, hosted by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Mayors from large and small cities around the country came to participate, and it was a pleasure to meet with them and discuss the important work ahead.

The summit is part of the effort led by Cities United for Immigration Action, a coalition formed by mayors “to support and help implement President Obama’s executive action on immigration.”

In all, there were 18 mayors and 26 cities represented at the summit.
The Secretary provided the mayors with a brief overview of the actions announced by the President, and reiterated the Administration’s view that the administrative actions are no substitute for Congress enacting comprehensive immigration reform. 

In my remarks, I noted the importance of the existing partnerships and collaboration we have with many of the cities represented at Gracie Mansion, including working together in our outreach and public engagement efforts. Cities can be strong allies as we reach out to those seeking help from USCIS – both through the existing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, the naturalization process, or the new efforts announced by President Obama. I had the privilege of participating in a similar dialogue with commissioners of offices of immigrant affairs and other senior staff from the cities represented at the summit.

USCIS Director León Rodríguez addresses mayors from large and small cities around the country at a summit on December 8.
As we continue to meet with people around the country on these issues, we want to remind potential applicants that they can find the most recent and accurate information at (and sign up for updates), and of course, they should be mindful of scams. Working together with mayors, and other key partners and stakeholders, we can make sure the public has the information they need to make the best informed decisions.

León Rodríguez
USCIS Director



At January 3, 2015 at 3:19:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Confused that the Visa Bulletin shows that a family sponsored F1 (unmarried sons and daughters of US citizens ) priority date is Jul 07 whereas (F2B) Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents priority date is April 08. Why are sons and daughters of Permanent Residents taking precedence over Sons & Daughters of US Citizens. Shouldn't the number of visas for F1 be increased. We miss our children be it adult they are still our children , being 21 and above does not make them any less our children. I appreciate that USCIS will be working towards the goal of reuniting families and pray it will come soon. Thank you


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