Congress faces an ambitious agenda, but immigration reform cannot wait another political season, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Jan. 14 at a National Press Club luncheon.
“Some argue that immigration reform should be punted again. [But] Congress should be able to walk and chew gum at the same time,” he said.
Comprehensive immigration reform “goes to the heart of who we are as a people,” said Villaraigosa, who has served as mayor of Los Angeles since 2005. He was chairman of the 2012 Democratic National Convention and is a past president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.