Campaign 2012

Villaraigosa to go after Romney in speech tonight

antonioarnold.jpgRick Santorum swept the Republican contests in three states on Tuesday, injecting a new element into the race. But it's Mitt Romney who will get the attention of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in an address tonight to the National Association of Latino Elected Officials in Washington. Immigration is the subject of this excerpt at BuzzFeed.

For the first time in modern memory, a major political party is poised to nominate a presidential candidate who has abandoned immigration reform and instead advocates self-deportation.

We have a candidate who on Martin Luther King Day, a day celebrating racial reconciliation, had the architect of Arizona and Alabama’s draconian anti-immigration laws campaign for him.

This is beyond the pale.

And we are obligated to say so.

We must defend the tradition of sensible immigration reform…

A tradition that until recently was a bipartisan one that ran from Ronald Reagan to Bill Clinton to George W. Bush.

Villaraigosa's office says he'll be back in Los Angeles on Thursday.

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