Mayor Kasim Reed Statement on President Obama’s Administrative Relief Order
November 20, 2014
President Obama’s Administrative Relief order is a significant step forward in achieving meaningful, comprehensive immigration reform. In an effort to provide millions of aspiring citizens the opportunity to rightfully and legally contribute to our nation’s economy, President Obama’s decision to enact reform through executive action is imperative if we are to truly address our broken immigration system. In fact, previous Presidents of both parties, including President Ronald Reagan and President George W. Bush, have taken executive action to address immigration issues. In Atlanta, the economic and social contributions of immigrants continue to strengthen our city’s cultural fabric, economic growth and global competitiveness. Under President Obama’s leadership, our aspiring citizens—individuals who already contribute significantly to Atlanta by opening businesses, being customers in local stores, and paying taxes—will finally be able to come forward without the fear of deportation and be afforded the opportunity to achieve the American dream. As a city and a nation, we are stronger when we embrace and support the diversity and vitality of immigrant populations. I invite all Atlantans and Georgians to join us in building a stronger community. The President’s decision holds great potential for our country as we welcome immigrant communities into the economic, cultural and social mainstream.