Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D), praised President Obama on a call with reporters for halting deportations on some young Americans who came to the country illegally as children.
"This is the right thing to do," he said. "I applaud the president for doing it, and I think it's going to mean a great deal to the many families who live in terror that their kids may get deported through no fault of their own."
He added that he "couldn't be prouder of the president making this decision."
Villaraigosa declined to weigh in on the political impact of the move and also deferred questions on whether the action could have been taken sooner.
"It's not a question that I can answer, I can only applaud the president for once again standing up for the courage of his convictions and doing what's right by our values," he said.