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Los Angeles, other cities ask Supreme Court to allow Obama's immigration executive action

Now that President Obama has returned from vacation, advocates are hoping he'll soon take executive action on immigration, including a reprieve on deportation for more immigrants.
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A file photo of an anti-deportation protester.

Along with 117 other cities and counties across the country, Los Angeles has signed on to an amicus brief that is asking the Supreme Court to lift an injunction that is in the way of President Barack Obama's November 2014 executive action on immigration, according to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's office.

It's not the first amicus brief for immigration reform Garcetti has signed on to. It argues that Obama's immigration reform will keep families together.

"Federal humanitarian actions to defer deportation for law-abiding local residents, particularly parents and children, have far-reaching social and financial benefits," the brief states.

This comes after more than a year of legal battles facing Obama's executive action, which started with 26 states led by Texas filing a lawsuit that said the action was beyond the president's constitutional limits. The action Obama introduced aims to keep immigrant families and children from being deported.

"I think one of the things that's really important to think about is the size and the scope of this coalition," Garcetti spokeswoman Connie Llanos said. "That sends a very strong message about where most cities and counties are in this country, which is that they understand the value that immigrant populations bring, they understand how critical it is that we keep families together and they really want to see us move in the right direction."

Llanos said that Garcetti is committed to the L.A. immigrant population and that that will continue.

"Ultimately it's important that every Angeleno feels like they are a part of their community and of their city, and for many people being an undocumented person is an incredible barrier," Llanos said. 

Read the entire amicus brief here:

Amicus Brief