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Updated Jun 15, 2012 - 3:18 pm

Phoenix Mayor Stanton stands up for new immigration policy

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton told 92.3 KTAR's Bruce St. James on Friday that President Obama's immigration plan was "a good step in the right direction, particularly for a city like ours."

Stanton, speaking from Orlando, Fla. where he is attending a mayors' conference, added it was good economic policy. Thursday, Stanton signed on to a DREAM Act resolution at the conference.

"These are young people who have chosen to serve this country in the military, making the decisions we want them to make," Stanton said. "This provides certainty that those young people will not be deported under federal immigration policies."

Asked whether the president's action was an end-around Congress, Stanton said, "There's an issue whether this is the DREAM act or not the DREAM Act."

"This is not the DREAM Act -- the DREAM Act has to be passed by Congress. Today's announcement really has to do with the policies concerning ICE and the deportation policies and that decision is certainly in the purview of the administration."

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