Local leaders call for congressional action on immigration reform

By Brandon Murphy (Tucson News Now intern)

TUCSON, Ariz. - Community leaders across the state gathered today to bring congressional action to immigration reform.

The event, being held simultaneously in Tucson, Phoenix, and Yuma, brings together leaders from all sectors of Arizona including religious, business, education, and government.

"We see this as a moral imperative, economical imperative, and a civil societal imperative, and we are going to be calling upon our Arizona Congressional delegation to take the lead in reforming a system that everyone understands is broken." says Gerald Kicanas, Bishop for the Dioceses of Tucson.

The selected leaders came together to sign a letter to congress today emphasizing the need for reform, and the positive impact it would have from an economic standpoint.

"When we are recruiting businesses, the first thing they ask is how we are doing on the border...I think Texas and ourselves are the focal point of this problem." says business entrepreneur Don Diamond.

Those in support of the reform feel it would not only be beneficial to the local economy here in Tucson, but also the nation as a whole.

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