June 15, 2010

Mayors group condemns Arizona immigration law

OKLAHOMA CITY — The U.S. Conference of Mayors has approved resolutions condemning Arizona's new immigration law and asking Congress for an overhaul of federal immigration policies.

Conference spokeswoman Elena Temple-Webb says both resolutions were approved on a voice vote, with some opposition.

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon sponsored the first resolution opposing the Arizona law that makes crossing the border illegally a state crime and requires police to verify people's immigration status. The law goes into effect July 29.

A second resolution by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa calls for the repeal of the Arizona law and for Congress to pass comprehensive changes to immigration law.

An estimated 200 mayors attended the conference Monday in Oklahoma City.

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