PHOENIX — The Phoenix City Council has endorsed a proposed federal
immigration overhaul that would create a 13-year road to citizenship for the 11
million immigrants living illegally in the United States.
The City Council cast the symbolic vote Tuesday in support of the legislation
approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. It was crafted by the
so-called Senate Gang of 8 that includes Arizona Republican Sens. John McCain
and Jeff Flake.
Dozens of immigration proponents attended the meeting and urged City Council
members to back the overhaul.
Immigration activists also scheduled a rally in downtown Phoenix after the City
Council vote to show support for the overhaul.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has been a vocal critic of Arizona’s landmark
anti-illegal immigration law. He says Arizona should support diversity.