Some of the mayors closest to the debate surrounding illegal immigration say the time is now for a federal response, and they want Congress to act on reform before the moment slips away.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Saturday expressed optimism that Congress will pass comprehensive immigration reform, praising a number of Republicans for demonstrating openness to the issue.
"I'm very hopeful," he told POLITICO. "I'm encouraged that Sen. McCain and Lindsey Graham and the eight senators who have worked in the past on this issue and see comprehensive immigration reform as vital to our economy and restoring our values." Los Angeles Times -- August 4, 1999 Zedillo Key to End of Prop. 187, Villaraigosa Says
Mexico, DF -- California Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa thanked President Ernesto Zedillo here Tuesday for helping defuse Proposition 187, saying the Mexican leader played a key role in scuttling the controversial state measure that denied benefits to illegal immigrants. Glenn Spencer I Know Too Much If you don't want to be part of the low-information voter community, take the time to read this transcript from my12/10/99 radio show in its entirety. When you've finished, you will understand why I am blacked out by the mainstream media - I know too much.