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State organization calls for immigration reform

State organization calls for immigration reform

By George Lawson. CREATED Oct 14, 2013

An organization representing Kansas cities and towns has endorsed a policy statement calling for federal immigration reform. The recommendation is part of a 2014 Statement of Municipal Policy that was approved recently by the League of Kansas Municipalities at its annual conference in Overland Park.  

The statement supports a federal solution to immigration reform that "allows reasonable access to citizenship while assuring adequate border security and protecting our economy and workforce." The policy goes on to state that any immigration law from Congress should not create a negative impact on local government with additional law enforcement or administrative burdens.  

The immigration issue was brought to the League of Kansas Municipalities with a joint letter earlier this year that was organized by Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and Lenexa Mayor Mike Boehm. The letter was signed by 33 mayors from across the state, and it was sent to the state's congressional delegation.

Brewer and Boehm issued a statement praising the league for its stand on immigration reform. They said they are not telling Congress what the exact solution should be, but they said a workable solution needs to be identified that will preserve and enhance the state economy.