Mesa: Mayor John Giles to Chair Immigration Reform Task Force at U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting

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~ Mesa Mayor John Giles is set to travel to Washington D.C. from January 17-19 to attend the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting. As the Chairman of the Conference's Immigration Reform Task Force, Mayor Giles will lead discussions among mayors from various parts of the country who have been heavily impacted by the influx of migrants at the Southern border.

The purpose of these bipartisan discussions is to address the urgent issue of immigration and its effects on communities beyond just border cities and states. Mayor Giles plans to convene mayors from all over the country to share their experiences and discuss potential solutions.

"This is a complex issue that cannot be attributed to one person or policy. It is crucial that we approach discussions on immigration with a bipartisan mindset and work towards bipartisan solutions," stated Mayor Giles. He also expressed his concern for the strain on local first responders, nonprofits, religious groups, and community volunteers due to the influx of migrants.

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Many migrants are fleeing their homes due to economic struggles, natural disasters, and violence. However, upon arriving in the U.S., they face challenges such as an overwhelmed immigration court system and delays in obtaining work authorizations. This has resulted in thousands of migrants being stuck in limbo, unable to work and forced to stay in shelters or government facilities.

"The entire situation is inhumane. Many come here with false hope, but the reality is that we are overwhelmed," said Mayor Giles.

He looks forward to working with fellow mayors, congressional leaders, and federal officials to find bipartisan solutions for this growing crisis. During his time at the Conference, Mayor Giles will also participate in a panel highlighting Mesa's Electric Mobility Charging Hub Network which recently received a significant federal grant for expanding electric charging stations throughout the community.

In addition, as co-chair of Mayors and CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment, he will convene a meeting discussing housing investment strategies. Mayor Giles will also be recognized for his service as Chair of the Mayor's Alliance to End Childhood Hunger.

Mayor Giles' trip to Washington D.C. highlights the importance of addressing the immigration crisis and finding solutions that benefit all communities. As a leader in his city and within the Conference of Mayors, he is committed to working towards a bipartisan approach to this pressing issue.

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