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L.A. Mayor: Immigrants would “Self-Deport” if Romney Elected

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in his Democratic National Convention speech that immigrants would find life so intolerable under a Mitt Romney administration that they would, “self-deport.”

“Instead of supporting their dream, Governor Romney wants to make their lives so miserable, so oppressive, so intolerable that they would leave behind the life they’ve built and ‘self-deport’,” he said. “But we believe we’re a better country than that. And thanks to President Obama, as we keep on fighting for the DREAM Act, they can remain in the country they love.”

Really, Villaraigosa? You think so little of the immigrants of this country that they would return to their own much more oppressive, and even dangerous countries, just because the American government didn’t give them free handouts?

Villaraigosa has clearly never seen miserable, oppressive and intolerable, if he thinks an America where immigrants have to work toward their citizenship falls under that category.

Try raising a family with no money in downtown Mexico City; try living in fear that it will be your daughter that is kidnapped next; try being afraid to walk down the street or say hello to a stranger;  try watching your life’s work go up in smoke because your government expropriated your business and then ran it too the ground.

That kind of life is what is truly miserable, oppressive and intolerable- and that is why these people are here.

Yes, our immigration system clearly needs work, and there should be a path to citizenship for those who truly desire to become Americans, just as there was for all of our ancestors.

But your words, Villagairosa, were badly chosen and disrespectful, especially for the immigrants that have already worked and struggled to achieve their citizenship through all the legal channels.