84 Mayors from across the Nation Have Called on Congress and the President to Pass Immigration Reforms

Scranton, Pennsylvania, Mayor Paige Cognetti, along with 83 other mayors from across the nation, sent a letter to President Joe Biden; Vice President Kamala Harris; U.S. Senate Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-NY; and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA. The letter urges Congress to make swift immigration reforms, considering the economic benefits of legalizing immigrants and the acute labor shortage.

Mayor Cognetti’s letter came days after U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen entered an order blocking the federal government from granting temporary work permits and deferral from the removal to first-time DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) applicants.

“We will not give up,” Harris said, according to CNN. “I certainly will not give up in making sure that we stand with our dreamers and that we do everything we can to create a pathway towards citizenship.”

Acute Labor Shortages in the Nation

The Scranton mayor said, “In Scranton, we have an employment crisis.” “I’ve talked to business owners who cannot open