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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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