Conservative Georgia Mayor unlikely but fierce opponent of new anti-immigrant law

From CNN:

Paul Bridges leans toward his desk, picks up the phone and punches in a number with the fast, laser focus of a man on a mission. The mayor of this tiny town in South Georgia is ready for battle — and looking for a new weapon.

“I need some help getting a website,” he says, spelling out the words of the domain name he wants for a site promoting immigration reform.

The man on the other end says he’ll try to help. But that isn’t enough for Bridges.

“I really don’t know what your beliefs are on this issue,” he says, “but I’m going to persuade you.”

Bridges wants the federal government to come up with a solution that gives the millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States a chance to work here legally.

“You get me an invite to that Tea Party meeting and I’m going … I’d like to give the contrary viewpoints. Surely one person in the audience is going to be sympathetic.”

Bridges is an unlikely soldier on the front lines of the nation’s immigration debate. The 58-year-old native Southerner describes himself as a conservative Republican. …[But he] is one of more than a dozen plaintiffs suing Georgia and its governor, trying to stop the state’s new immigration law. They won a reprieve Monday when a federal judge temporarily blocked parts of the law scheduled to go into effect July 1.

You can read the full story, and see a video, on the CNN website.

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