Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in Las Vegas today to speak to the National Conference of La Raza about the federal government's policies on undocumented immigrants.
The speech will give Villaraigosa, chair of the Democratic National Convention, an opportunity to knock presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to prepared remarks provided by the mayor’s office. His first criticism will actually come from one of actress Eva Longoria’s tweets.
“I think Eva Longoria put it best. She tweeted, ‘Mitt Romney said he keeps his promises. So don’t forget: he promised to veto the Dream Act,” according to Villaraigosa’s speech.
“To that I would add: Don’t forget that he called Arizona a ‘model for the nation.’ Don’t forget that he campaigned with Kris Kobach, the architect of SB 1070. And most importantly, don’t forget that his core immigration policy remains the self-deportation of 11 million people.”
Villaraigosa is expected to applaud President Barack Obama’s proposal to allow young, undocumented adults who are in school or the military to remain in the country. He will also discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Arizona’s immigration law.
“There is not a single problem that we face as a nation that will be solved by deporting millions of hard-working people who’ve done nothing except reaffirm that American dream again and again,” according to the mayor’s remarks.
Villaraigosa is scheduled to speak at 11 a.m.