BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Mayor Michael Venezia signed a letter by the  United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) urging Congress to quickly pass legislation to enable Dreamers to earn permanent residency in the United States. The letter is address to all member of Congress in both the House of Representatives and the United States Senate. 

“The Trump Administration’s intolerance and bigotry has reached an all-time high with this overhaul of the highly successful DACA program,” said Mayor Venezia. “I am proud to join the USCM in demanding bipartisan legislative efforts to protect the families and children who will be negatively affected by eliminating this program. These families have made sacrifices to try to realize the American Dream for their children and grandchildren, and they deserve that opportunity.”

The USCM was founded in 1933 to ensure the diverse needs of cities were met by federal legislators. The USCM has supported DACA since the program began in 2012.

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At the Conference’s Annual Meeting in June, the USCM passed a resolution to support extension of DACA and support permanent legal status for Dreamers.

In August, Michael Venezia joined mayors in 45 states by participating in the 'The Mayors’ Compact Against Hate.' The compact is a joint effort of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to fight extremism and bigotry after the events in Charlottesville, VA on August 12. 

Editors note: related story: Mayor Venezia Adds his Name to the Anti-Defamation League's Mayors’ Compact