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Updated Jan 28, 2013 - 6:53 pm

Arizona reform advocates hail immigration reform

PHOENIX — Elected Arizona officials who advocate for immigration reform
are hailing a proposal by eight U.S. senators to overhaul the current system
while questioning some of the proposal’s provisions.

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva said Monday’s proposal by Arizona Sens. John McCain and
Jeff Flake and four others puts “the wind at the back” of those seeking
comprehensive immigration reform. But he questions the proposal’s emphasis on
securing the border and enforcement.

The Tucson Democrat said at a state Capitol press conference that the proposal
gives only provisional visas to illegal immigrants until the border is deemed
secure. He says border governors get too much power to determine when that is
met.

Others called the proposal “a good day for America.”

President Barack Obama releases his immigration reform proposal Tuesday.

“I am pleased that there is expressed recognition of what we have been saying
in Arizona: immigration reform will not succeed unless and until we have
achieved effective border security,” Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said in a
statement.

“In the weeks ahead, I will review the specific details of this immigration
plan when proposed in actual legislation,” Brewer added. “In the meantime,
I’ll be speaking with Arizona ranchers, business leaders and other residents of
the border region as well as law enforcement. I will continue to talk with those
on the front lines and I will make sure their voices are heard.”

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