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Nine Pennsylvania mayors statewide have joined with their peers to sign an accord bipartisan letter Calling on Congress to pass permanent immigration protections for Dreamers ahead of a Republican takeover of the US House of Representatives next year.

The letter was sent to leaders in Congress on Tuesday cities for action warns that looming lawsuits could soon wipe out remaining Obama-era safeguards Deferred action for infancy arrival Program that could expose thousands of people to possible deportation.

“A potential Supreme Court decision could strip DACA recipients of their work permits, threaten the livelihoods of over 1.3 million DACA-eligible individuals, their families and their communities, and put them on the path to deportation,” the mayors wrote.

Signers of the Pennsylvania letter include Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney; Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey; Allentown Mayor Matt Turk; Bethlehem Mayor J William Reynolds; Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti; Danene Sorace, Mayor of Lancaster; Erie Mayor Joseph Schember; Bellevue Mayor Val Penningtonand State College Mayor Ezra Nanes.

A total of more than 70 mayors from California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia, joined the letter in urging lawmakers to act before the end of this month’s Lame Duck session.

The US Capitol.  Samuel Corum/Getty Images
The US Capitol (Samuel Corum/Getty Images).

The letter points to the economic power of the Dreamers, young people brought to the United States by their parents; and the moral and political responsibility that Congress has for them and their families, according to The Hilla publication covering the Congress.

“Over the past decade, more than 830,000 of our family members, neighbors and friends have been protected DACA. During the COVID pandemic 343,000 or more than three-quarters of DACA Recipients in the workforce were employed in jobs deemed essential by the Department of Homeland Security‘ the mayors wrote.

“It is estimated that over 2.5 million US citizens live with DACA eligible individuals. End DACA would have devastating effects on millions of people, including DACA Recipient, DACA-eligible individuals, their families, friends and communities across the country,” they continued.

US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky (Getty Images).

in an opinion, cities for action Noting the widespread public support for the provision of permanent safeguards, arguing that such a move would require support for “65 percent of voters, business, Believe and higher education Leader.”

Corresponding The hillSenate Majority Democrats support a bill to protect dreamers and grant them permanent work permit extensions and deportation stays received under the Obama-era program.

Farmers and farming communities are also pushing for the passage of a bill to grant citizenship to farm workers who have lived in the country for more than 10 years. The hill reported. The House of Representatives has already passed both bills, meaning it is now up to the Senate to act, the news organization reported.

Despite this agreement, the chances of the Senate agreeing to a deal before the end of the current Congress remain slim. Consensus on immigration reform has been elusive on Capitol Hill for years.

“I am proud to stand in solidarity with my fellow mayors and demonstrate strong support DACA Recipients who call our cities home and who contribute to our communities, economies and cultures across the country,” Philadelphia’s kenny said in cities for action Expression. “Dreamers are important members of American society, and the only real chance we have of offering them stability and full protection is if Congress once and for all creates a promising and fair path to citizenship.”