Phoenix officials optimistic with immigration reform gains - Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

Phoenix officials optimistic with immigration reform gains

Posted: Updated:
  • ImmigrationMore>>

  • Coalition sues over immigrants' access to lawyers

    Coalition sues over immigrants' access to lawyers

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:46:04 GMT
    A coalition of lawyers filed a lawsuit Friday to halt the quick deportation of Central American woman and children, saying immigrants at a New Mexico detention center don't have proper access to lawyers and are...
    A coalition of lawyers filed a lawsuit Friday to halt the quick deportation of Central American women and children, saying immigrants at a New Mexico detention center don't have proper access to lawyers and are being...
  • Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

    Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:04:55 GMT
    President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the legal immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups.
    President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the...
  • Immigrants found in back of locked rental truck

    Immigrants found in back of locked rental truck

    Federal officials say nine immigrants who entered the United States illegally were found locked inside the cargo area of a rental truck at a Border Patrol checkpoint in southern Arizona.
    Federal officials say nine immigrants who entered the United States illegally were found locked inside the cargo area of a rental truck at a Border Patrol checkpoint in southern Arizona.
PHOENIX -

Before Tuesday's speech in Las Vegas, the president met with leaders from around the country about immigration reform -- including two valley mayors.

We caught up with them just after their flight landed back here in Phoenix.

Their mood -- very upbeat and optimistic. They said for the first time in years they believe a comprehensive immigration reform bill will be passed.

"The president said it today, the time for words is over now, it's a time for action I think he's exactly right," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

"I'm excited about the conversation at least we're having the conversation, we haven't had that conversation in a very very long time," said Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers.

"I do feel that the stars are aligning. I do feel that we have both political sides aspiring to come together," said State Rep. Anna Tovar, Arizona democrat.

They were all smiles when they landed at Sky Harbor. Stanton, Rogers, and Tovar all got a chance to talk with President Obama before his speech on immigration reform.

"I told him I was really happy that he was taking the lead on this issue and he told me to keep politely encouraging our two senators from Arizona to move in the right direction," said Stanton.

Monday, a bipartisan group of senators including Senator John McCain and Senator Jeff Flake unveiled their plan for immigration reform -- a plan that includes a pathway to citizenship, but is also contingent on first securing the border.

"I'll give you a little straight talk. Look at the last election. Look at the last election. We are losing dramatically the Hispanic vote, which we think should be ours, for a variety of reasons, and we've got to understand that," said Sen. John McCain, Arizona republican.

"I think we must remember comprehensive immigration reform is not just about political gains, it's about truly helping the people," said Tovar.

"I think both parties are realizing it's important to do the right thing, pass smart reform and move beyond this issue," said Stanton.

And though the president says for the most part both proposals on the table are pretty similar, republican Senator Marco Rubio -- who is part of that bipartisan group in favor of reform – is making one discrepancy very clear.

He believes border security and enforcement must come first ahead of green cards or a path to citizenship.

Powered by WorldNow

KTTV FOX 11
1999 S. Bundy Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90025

Main: (310) 584-2000
News Tips? (310) 584-2025

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices