CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Noting his family’s historic roots in Mexico and his own up-from-nowhere story, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night that President Obama is far superior to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney when it comes to protecting the rights of immigrants.
Villaraigosa told the gathering, which he has chaired for three days, that Obama “is fighting for all of us,” particularly with his issuance of an executive order to prevent the deportation of about 800,000 young immigrants, who are in the U.S. without proper documents.
The mayor took a shot, in contrast, at Romney’s suggestion that cutting back services for illegal immigrants would cause many of them to leave the U.S. of their own will. “Instead of supporting their dream,” Villaraigosa said, “Gov. Romney wants to make life so miserable, so oppressive, so intolerable for them that they would leave behind the life they've built, leave their children behind and ‘self-deport.’”
"How about that for family values?"
Set to end his second term as mayor next summer, Villaraigosa has had a heady and occasionally trying week in Charlotte. He has been in great demand as a speaker at a gathering where Democrats have been eager to highlight their support among Latinos.