Thursday, June 24, 2010


Good news. -Angela


Published June 14, 2010


America's mayors on Monday went on record in opposition to
Arizona's immigration law, voting for a pair of resolutions
that would amount to one of the broadest condemnations to
date of the policy.

The resolutions approved by voice vote from Los Angeles Mayor
Antonio Villaraigosa and Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon were among
dozens considered at the annual meeting of the U.S.
Conference of Mayors in Oklahoma City.

Villaraigosa's resolution condemns the Arizona law as
"unconstitutional and un-American" and calls for its
immediate repeal. The other puts the Conference of Mayors in
support of lawsuits challenging the policy and in opposition
to the enactment of any laws "similar" to Arizona's. Both
measures call on Washington to pass comprehensive immigration

Gordon told after the vote that it was important
to get the organization on record so that the conference as a
whole can advocate for these positions. He said the
conference would push for immigration reform in Washington
but also actively oppose any effort to pass a "copycat"
Arizona law in other states.

"That's not only a powerful message, but it's a powerful
lobbying group now," Gordon said. He said big-city mayors
like Michael Bloomberg in New York and Richard M. Daley in
Chicago were supportive of his resolution.

Elena Temple, spokeswoman for the Conference of Mayors, said
the statements would become the "official policy" of the

Close to 200 mayors were in attendance to vote on the
measures brought by Villaraigosa and Gordon, two of the
Arizona law's toughest critics. Temple said only a handful of
mayors spoke out against the nonbinding measures.

The law has drawn a sharply divided response from
jurisdictions across the country. In Arizona alone, several
cities have signed onto a federal lawsuit -- which Gov. Jan
Brewer has sought to dismiss -- challenging the policy. Los
Angeles and a number of other cities have also imposed
economic "boycotts" on Arizona to register their disapproval
of the law, though the Conference of Mayors resolutions
provide a more unified statement.

But lawmakers in other states have drawn inspiration from the
law, pursuing legislation that mirrors the controversial
policy for their constituents.

Texas Republicans at their state convention over the weekend
made pushing for a law like Arizona's part of their official
party agenda.

The Arizona law would make illegal immigration a state crime.
It requires local law enforcement to try to determine the
immigration status of anyone they suspect of being an illegal
immigrant provided they don't stop and question them for that
reason alone.

The law is scheduled to take effect July 29.

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