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Mayors approve immigration resolutions

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett chooses not to vote on resolutions about immigration.

BY VALLERY BROWN Published: June 15, 2010

The U.S. Conference of Mayors on Monday passed two resolutions condemning the new Arizona immigration law and urging Congress to take up comprehensive immigration reform.

Both resolutions were discussed Sunday during a program that included Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon.

Gordon and Villaraigosa condemned the Arizona law and called on federal lawmakers to deal with the issue.

"The vacuum that's created with a broken immigration system fuels a laboratory of hate,” Villaraigosa said.

The adopted resolutions express the sentiments of the body and will be forwarded to Congress and President Barack Obama for consideration.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett did not vote "yes” or "no” during the voice vote Monday.

"I just felt it wasn't something I could support,” Cornett said.

He said he supported parts of the resolutions, including urging federal lawmakers to make the issue a priority.

"At the end of the day, what we're really saying as mayors is that the federal government has got to start living up to its responsibilities to enforce immigration,” he said. "It's coming down on mayors and police departments ... and that's not fair.”

Contributing: Staff Writer Bryan Dean