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Mayors group condemns Arizona immigration law

The U.S. Conference of Mayors approved two resolutions Monday condemning Arizona’s new immigration law and asking Congress to overhaul federal immigration policies.

The estimated 200 mayors at the conference approved the resolutions on a voice vote, but there was some opposition to each, conference spokeswoman Elena Temple-Webb said.

The first resolution opposing the Arizona law was sponsored by Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, who received a standing ovation when he spoke to the group Sunday. The resolution also opposes the enactment of similar laws in other states, supports court challenges to the Arizona measure and calls on Congress to approve comprehensive immigration reform.

The new Arizona law, which takes effect July 29, will make crossing the border illegally a state crime and require police to verify people’s immigration status when there’s “reasonable suspicion” they are in the United States illegally. The law also bans day laborers and makes it illegal for people trying hire them to block traffic.

The resolution says many people nationwide “have expressed outrage at the Arizona law and concern for the civil rights violations to which it will lead.”

The second resolution, sponsored by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, calls for the repeal of the Arizona law and also urges Congress to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws.

“The current lack of a comprehensive immigration policy has resulted in the breaking up of families, the exploitation of undocumented workers by employers (and) the deportation of workers who provide needed goods and services to their communities,” Villaraigosa’s resolution said.

It also condemned “the needless deaths of hundreds of people attempting to cross the border illegally under hazardous and deadly conditions.”

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4 comments

  1. SB 1070 promises to enlarge the gulf between diverse communities and pit groups against one another, rather than encouraging people to work together to find mutually beneficial solutions to challenging issues. New Arizona Immigration Law Tests Definitions of Freedom in the US.
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  2. Why aren’t any ‘groups’ voicing outrage against the Federal law after which the Arizona’s patterned? It’s because they know Arizona will enforce theirs and the US doesn’t. This is such **** and Phil Gordon should be run out of town on a rail — after he’s been tarred and feathered. I’d like to hear about a crowd that boos him.

  3. First off, Arizona law’s are of no concern, and no business of the mayor of Los Angeles…So, Butt out! This law tears families apart? What about all the family members left behind in Mexico when they chose to break our laws and sneak into our country? Why is that somehow different? We won’t tear your family apart……promise! You are more than welcome to take them all with you when you leave. See, problem solved. As for (Mayor) Gordon, wait and see how much clout you have with the people of Arizona, come next election…….Can you say BYE BYE? Go Governor Brewer and Sheriff Joe!!

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