L.A. Mayor: 'Trump is on the wrong side of history'

L.A. Mayor: Trump on the 'wrong side' of history
L.A. Mayor: Trump on the 'wrong side' of history

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is a champion of the $15 minimum wage.

Garcetti is also the grandson of Mexican immigrants and governs America's second largest city, which is 50% Latino. So it's no surprise that he has no time for Donald Trump's accusations that Latinos and other immigrants are to blame for America's crime and inequality.

"Trump is on the wrong side of history," Garcetti told CNN's Cristina Alesci at the Milken Global Conference in Los Angeles. "It's a big mistake for the Republican party or any party to blame immigrants when this country has always been a country of immigrants."

Trump on Tuesday essentially sealed the Republican nomination. But his incendiary comments about Latinos -- calling Mexicans "rapists" -- is not going to win him fans during the general election in places like Los Angeles.

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Garcetti is a fierce supporter of Hillary Clinton and argues that Trump can't win a general election without Latino and female voters.

Garcetti, who took office in 2013, has also helped lead the fight for a $15 minimum wage, a movement Trump opposes. Last June, he signed into law a bill that is increasing the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 an hour by 2020. At the time, L.A. was the largest U.S. city to adopt such a policy.

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LA was followed by the states of California and New York, which also passed laws for a $15 minimum wage. Now Garcetti has set aside $2.6 million to enforce the law.

He argues that the increases in the minimum wage across the country, in states and cities, is going to be the largest anti-poverty policy in U.S. history.

"We were proud to lead the minimum wage campaign," Garcetti said.

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