LOS ANGELES - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will call for more action on comprehensive immigration reform in 2013 when he speaks tonight in Washington, D.C., at a dinner benefiting the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund.

Villaraigosa will also reiterate his strong support for President Barack Obama's re-election, according to press secretary Teddy Davis.

Villaraigosa will receive the Edward R. Roybal Award for Outstanding Public Service at the Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Los Angeles, a daughter of Roybal, are also scheduled to speak.

The trip is being paid for by the Latino elected officials group, aide Peter Sanders told City News Service.

Villaraigosa is scheduled to return to Los Angeles by mid-day Thursday, Davis said.

The trip is Villaraigosa's fifth of the year and fourth in four weeks, including three to Washington.

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund bills itself as the nation's leading nonprofit organization that facilitates full Latino participation in the American political process, from citizenship to public service.


The event and award are named for Roybal, a Los Angeles City Councilman from 1949-62, who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1962, becoming the first Latino from California to serve in Congress since the 1880s. Roybal remained in Congress until 1993. He died in 2005 at age 89.