The 78th Annual Meeting of U.S. Mayors concluded yesterday with two resolutions passed dealing with the issue of immigration. The first was a resounding opposition to Arizona law SB 1070 and the recognition that the federal government must do its job and deal with the issue of immigration reform. The second resolution was passed to send a strong and clear message to the White House - pass immigration reform and don’t leave the problem to cities and muncipalities.
Phoenix’s Mayor Phil Gordon was in attendance and was warmly receive, he has spoken out against the new law in his state receiving death threats as a result. Another U.S. Mayor in attendance and a vocal opponent to SB 1070 and the current visa limitations was Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. He cited the lack of visas for lower-skilled and nonskilled workers and the 20-year wait for family-sponsored visas, as an example of the inadequate immigration law on the books now.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors meet annually and this year convened in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The nonpartisan organization membership consists of mayor’s with populations of 30,000 or more.