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Mayor Villaraigosa seems to get more national interest with each passing week. He hasn't even been in office a year and we know we've talked about him being in the minds of the entire USA (and the world) more times than we care to go search through the archives to find. Yesterday, Time Magazine asked him about last week's protests and the state of Immigration law in the country.

The quotable Mayor:

I've never been prouder, being the mayor of Los Angeles and having the honor of receiving a half-million people who came to City Hall to stand up for the mainstream values and the best traditions of our America. These people marched peaceably without one single incident. They came with their families, some of whom had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and most of whom expressed a love for this country and a desire to participate in the American dream. Their message was very clear...
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I believe that our immigration laws should focus on a number of issues. I believe that the McCain-Kennedy framework is a good place to start. It includes tougher enforcement, tougher penalties for employers who hire the undocumented, smart border security working in concert and collaboration with our neighbors,and it gives the 11 million immigrants who are here a pathway to citizenship provided they pay a fine, pass a background check and learn to speak English. I think that framework makes a great deal of sense. It also stands in the best tradition of America's values.

Meanwhile, Michelle Malkin thinks Villaraigosa is a Latino Supremacist and Diana West at FreeRepublic thinks Villaraigosa became Mayor mostly on the "I'm Hispanic" platform. Couldn't possibly be that he's a pretty okay politician.

Which gives us a great opportunity to look at some other race-based discussions happening around this complex issue: Earl Ofari Hutchison has been talking about why Black civil rights leaders have trouble finding kinship with the immigration rights movement. We might have had a whole lot to say about that but Body and Soul covers it pretty well (and vets that LA Times article about New Orleans from yesterday).

photo by eecue....again.

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