Democrat Mayors Want Migrants to Stay

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( – On Monday, a group of 43 mayors sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security and the Biden administration calling for a permanent extension to migrant work permits. 

In the letter that was sent to Ur Jaddou, the director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Alejandro Mayorkas, the Homeland Security Secretary, the group asked that the work permits be automatically extended by at least 540 days. As they pointed out, without this extension there would be thousands of immigrant workers who would find themselves without their work authorization and multiple businesses that were going to be losing staff. They further noted that such a move would also make it more challenging for cities to provide shelters for the public. 

Among the signers of the letter were New York Mayor Eric Adams (D), Denver Mayor Mike Johnston (D), and Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson (D), all of whom have been vocal about the problems caused by the surge in migration in their cities. 

Johnson has stated that in the last few weeks, Denver has had a record-high number of migrants that have arrived in the city, but out of all of them very few have work permits and can provide for their families. As he pointed out this has resulted in not only a humanitarian but also a fiscal crisis in the city as they are called to either cut down on services or the budget. He added that they know that work permissions for migrants are critical to the city’s success which is why they were calling for the department to take action immediately. 

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