11/05/2013 10:30 am ET

Border Mayors Push Economy Into Immigration Debate


Whether the U.S. House is going to take up immigration reform this year is still an open question, but elected officials from the border region want to make sure the economy is part of the conversation.

Nearly 200 people gathered Monday night in an auditorium at the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind on West Speedway for a dialogue about immigration reform.

Experts from Washington, D.C., border city mayors and Southern Arizona Reps. Ron Barber and Raúl Grijalva, both Democrats, talked about current bills being discussed and answered a handful of questions from the audience at the end of the two-hour discussion.

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