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Sonoma County Files Amicus Brief in United States v. Texas


Sonoma County Files Amicus Brief in United States v. Texas

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has joined a broad coalition of cities and counties to file a friend-of-the-court amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Texas, urging the Court to overturn a lower court’s decision and allow President Obama’s executive action on immigration to move forward. The brief, signed by 118 cities and counties representing 35 states, argues that the nationwide injunction blocking implementation of the President’s executive action on immigration was erroneously entered and should be reversed because it places millions of families in our cities and counties at economic and personal risk.

“The impacts of our broken immigration system are felt not only nationally, but also at the local level,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Efren Carrillo. “Immigrants and their families contribute to the growth and vitality of our community every single day.”

Friends-of-the-Court include 44 cities and counties located in states that brought or support the lawsuit, including some of the largest municipalities in Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Ohio, Utah, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Idaho. Together, amici represent an estimated 55 million people, including over 15 million immigrants, more than 37% of the nation’s immigrant population. These cities are also home to more than 1.5 million immigrant children and their parents who are potentially eligible for relief under President Obama’s executive actions.

This is the fourth amicus brief to be filed by cities and counties, and the momentum of support has grown with each step in litigation. At the district court, over 30 signatories, at the 5th Circuit court of appeals, over 70 signatories, at the petition stage to the Supreme Court, over 80 signatories, and this latest brief represents 118 mayors and county leaders.

The brief demonstrates to the Court that the executive action will benefit cities and counties by keeping families together, improving the safety and welfare of all residents, increasing local tax revenue, and stimulating local economies.