Pummeling Republican Donald Trump on immigration is a good bet politically for any California Democrat.
Antonio Villaraigosa? Even more so.
The former Los Angeles mayor, who has all but announced his candidacy for governor, polls especially well among Latino voters, and he will need their support in a crowded field in 2018.
Addressing the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, Villaraigosa said he had come to “speak for the 11 million often forgotten people” living in the country illegally. He described them as “hardworking people toiling in the toughest jobs with little to show for it,” and he ripped into Trump for his proposal to deport them.
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“They come dreaming of a better place, a place that we all call home,” Villaraigosa said. “But these 11 million have no credentials to this hall. They don’t even have a vote. But they must have a voice in our party and our nation.”