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Villaraigosa: Arizona's anti-illegal immigrant backlash stems from lack of 'political courage' in Washington

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the anti-illegal immigrant backlash in Arizona is due to a lack of “political courage” in Washington to pass legislative reforms.

“We’re here because the federal government has failed to act,” he told CNN Thursday afternoon after an appearance by Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. “The fact of the matter is that they just failed in that responsibility.”

Villaraigosa called Arpaio a “caricature,” but said the sheriff is, unfortunately, the face of SB 1070 – Arizona’s controversial immigration law -- and efforts to ban ethnic studies in public schools and other directives aimed at Latinos.

“It’s not just SB 1070, it’s been a whole slew of proposals that frankly, go against the grain of our Constitution,” he said.

Villaraigosa said the role of leadership in law enforcement is to do so in a way that brings people together and “emphasizes our commonalities.” Arpaio seems to be using his power for political purposes, he said.

In Washington, leadership should acknowledge the need for comprehensive immigration reform, he said.

“We need to makes sure that the federal government is doing their job, so states like Arizona won’t build a vacuum,” he said.

On Wednesday, a federal judge blocked the most controversial provisions of SB 1070 just hours before the law was to take effect. U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton in Phoenix issued a temporary injunction against parts of the law that would require police to determine the status of people they lawfully stop and suspect are in the country illegally.

Bolton also forbade Arizona from making it a state crime to not carry immigration documents, and struck down two other provisions as an unconstitutional attempt by Arizona to undermine the federal government’s efforts to enforce immigration policy.   

-- Nicole Santa Cruz


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Even with Ms. Parker trying to teach you how to put a spoken sentence together you are still a nitwit. Big man to talk after Sheriff Joe. I know you would not talk that way to his face.

You are a race baiter, a coward and a traitor to this nation Tony V.

Crossing Susan Boltons Border
I am sitting on a small nondescript piece of Susan Bolton's property, having crossed through a hole in the fence in the middle of the night.

I brought with me my 4 children and my pregnant wife, hoping to find a job. I have taken away the job of a local handyman as I have been wandering through the neighborhood during the day cleaning their gutters, sweeping the pool, painting or even removing graffitti from the neighborhood for a fraction of what the handyman charged.

We are subsisting on a makeshift device which collects water from her sprinklers and occasional rumages through her garbage. The local county health clinic doesn't mind our frequent vistits.

My wife will be giving birth under the orange tree later this week and we will have our anchor here to our new country. We may even put up a tent then, since it the Feds don't seem to have any intention of sending us home and amnesty is just around the corner.

And we already know how Susan will feel...

The problem is CA will receive many of those immigrants looking to leave AZ! We are in for a world of hurt. I already see many AZ plates around town. Our economic standing is already below the acceptable level for us sustaining a healthy state. Our school, hospitals, clinics, and social services can not afford any more handouts. Mayor you asked for this and now it's coming.

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