Congressional immigration debate signals big shift - Tucson News Now

Congressional immigration debate signals big shift

PHOENIX (AP) -

The national mood on immigration has changed dramatically since Arizona approved a first-of-its-kind immigration law, igniting a national furor over the country's policies.

A mere three years later, President Barack Obama and Republicans and Democrats in Congress are lobbying for the nation's first immigration overhaul in nearly three decades -- and public opinion is on their side.

The remarkable shift has renewed debate in Arizona and other states opposed to mass immigration about whether it's time to double down or back off.

The immigration overhaul under discussion would allow tens of thousands of workers into the country and extend rights for some 11 million immigrants already here.

It also seeks to strengthen border security and includes stiff penalties for illegal immigration, signs that Arizona's legacy of tough enforcement lives on.

Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • Fire department honors woman for 25 years of Thanksgiving dinner

    Fire department honors woman for 25 years of Thanksgiving dinner

    Sunday, November 19 2017 6:14 PM EST2017-11-19 23:14:24 GMT
    Source: Tucson News NowSource: Tucson News Now

    A Tucson woman, whose been making Drexel Heights Fire Department Thanksgiving dinner for over two decades, got an award for her service on Sunday.

    Kathy Beron has been blind all her life, but it hasn’t stopped her from doing what she loves: cooking. 

    A Tucson woman, whose been making Drexel Heights Fire Department Thanksgiving dinner for over two decades, got an award for her service on Sunday.

    Kathy Beron has been blind all her life, but it hasn’t stopped her from doing what she loves: cooking. 

  • Missing vulnerable adult in Phoenix found safe

    Missing vulnerable adult in Phoenix found safe

    Sunday, November 19 2017 4:15 PM EST2017-11-19 21:15:02 GMT
    Carmelita Solis (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)Carmelita Solis (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)

    UPDATE: As of 9:21 a.m. Sunday-- Carmelita Barreras Solis, 68, has been located safe in the area of 1600 E. Indian School Road, officials from the Phoenix Police Department said. She has been reunited with her family.

    UPDATE: As of 9:21 a.m. Sunday-- Carmelita Barreras Solis, 68, has been located safe in the area of 1600 E. Indian School Road, officials from the Phoenix Police Department said. She has been reunited with her family.

  • Night out at Sabbar Shrine helps children reach the hospital

    Night out at Sabbar Shrine helps children reach the hospital

    Sunday, November 19 2017 4:08 PM EST2017-11-19 21:08:23 GMT
    All money raised Saturday is spent on travel expenses for hospital patients (Source: Art del Cueto).All money raised Saturday is spent on travel expenses for hospital patients (Source: Art del Cueto).

    A Saturday night in the Old Pueblo found children and members of Sabbar Shrine Tucson sharing a meal and some stories together. The organization's annual Silver Wings Banquet was Saturday, November 18.

    A Saturday night in the Old Pueblo found children and members of Sabbar Shrine Tucson sharing a meal and some stories together. The organization's annual Silver Wings Banquet was Saturday, November 18.

Powered by Frankly