South Florida mayors unite on a common goal: immigration reform

It’s no secret that Florida, particularly South Florida, has long been an attractive location for foriegn nationals. Immigrants are deeply woven into the fabric of South Florida, and its what makes the region culturally dynamic and robust. In an attempt to urge Congress to use the budget reconciliation process to approve a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders and other immigrants, a dozen mayors have come together to sign a formal request for this process. 


Throughout South and Central Florida, immigrants are working diligently in essential industries such as:


  • Construction
  • Agriculture 
  • Food services
  • Healthcare
  • Transportation
  • Education


The document, which is addressed to President Joe Biden, among other key political leaders, states that, “Providing a path to citizenship for these individuals and their families not only recognizes the sacrifices they have made for all Americans over the past year, but also the important role they continue to play in America’s economic recovery and long-term global competitiveness.” 


At Loigica, we’ve previously discussed competitiveness as a driving factor for enhancing immigration and cultural diversity in America. In fact, we are an immigration law firm made up of immigrants from various countries, and we help foreign nationals navigate the complex immigration system every day. Some areas are at a standstill, such as the DACA Dreamers, who are constantly in a legal status tug of war. This request aims to carve out a clear path for unique immigartion subsets to have a legal path to US immigration.  


Signing the letter are Mayors Philippe Bien-Aime of North Miami, Dan Gelber of Miami Beach, Tamara James of Dania Beach, Daniella Levine Cava of Miami-Dade County, Wayne Messam of Miramar, Sally Philips of South Miami, Lauren Poe of Gainesville, Hazelle Rogers of Lauderdale Lakes, Mike Ryan of Sunrise, Ken Thurston of Lauderhill and Steve Wilson of Belle Glade.


We applaud these Florida representatives and hope to see substantial progress made for our fellow Floridians to achieve legal immigration status.