Position follows Kansas Mayors’ message
The League of Kansas Municipalities (LKM) Monday endorsed a recommendation for immigration reform, echoing the message of 33 Kansas mayors who signed a joint letter earlier this year.
The LKM position was part of the organization’s 2014 Statement of Municipal Policy approved by the membership at the annual conference, held this year in Overland Park.
“We support a federal solution to immigration reform that allows reasonable access to citizenship while assuring adequate border security and protecting our economy and workforce,” the LKM position states. “Any immigration legislation generated by Congress should not negatively impact local governments with additional law enforcement or administrative burdens. “
The issue was brought to the LKM by Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and Lenexa Mayor Mike Boehm, who led a conference call with Kansas mayors earlier this year that led to the issuance of the joint letter.
The mayors’ letter mirrors the position of the Kansas Business Coalition for Immigration Reform, which includes the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas Farm Bureau, the Wichita Independent Business Association and a lengthy list of other major business interests in Kansas.
In a statement issued Monday, Mayors Brewer and Boehm lauded the LKM for its position.
“We are not telling Congress what the exact solution should be,” the two mayors stated. “But we are concerned that a workable solution needs to be identified that preserves and enhances the economy of the State of Kansas.”
The earlier letters from the 33 Kansas mayors and the Kansas Business Coalition were directed at the state’s Congressional delegation.
The annual LKM conference drew local officials from around the state. The Wichita delegation included Mayor Brewer, Vice Mayor Pete Meitzner and Council Members Lavonta Williams, Jeff Longwell, James Clendenin and Jeff Blubaugh.