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.



  1. Rich K says:

    The do-nothing mayor makes all sorts of allegations to make himself in sync with the Presidential campaign. All you have to do is check out his record of how little time he spent working in the mayor’s office and how many days he was out on personal appearances. All of a sudden he’s become the immigration specialist trying to scare Latinos. Amazing how little people use big ideas to scare others.

  2. John M. Schwab says:

    Immigrants will not leave as a result of Romney’s election. Criminal aliens might, and much to the good of the nation, but not those who came here legally.

  3. Terry says:

    Obama’s immigration reforms is just crumps for Latino, including Mayor Villar, and he knows it.
    two year work permit for students is a joke, why not five years so they can have time to finish school and at the same time save up and work to get their USA residency. And the question is, what can we say (USA) say to those that abide by the law and have been waiting in Mexico for their turn to come legally to the USA, some have been waiting for over 15 years, and they have family here too.
    The USA has to abide by the law too, and give those people an opportunity as he promised.
    Pres. Obama is the “EducationPresident” so why is he choosing Mayor Villar when villar’s record in schools is failure, specially in his own high school, Roosevelt High School

  4. tj says:

    I am the son of an immigrant mother. This country gave us an opportunity to work and be safe. No other country compares. This man is disgraceful.

  5. bargal1 says:

    Why doesn’t this illiterate Mexican read the Constitution of Mexico and then tell us something that sounds like the truth. He wants this country to be given back to Mexico and can’t see the trees for the forest. It is quite evident what the Mexican government has done to that country. All anyone that wants to live in this country has to do is enter it LEGALLY and go through the proper Channels, Mexicans included