Some in Ariz. GOP seek new immigration tone

Some in Ariz. GOP seek new immigration tone

CREATED Sep. 10, 2012

Web Producer: Taylor Avey

PHOENIX (AP) - A growing number of influential Arizona Republicans are speaking out in favor of an alternative approach to immigration instead of only pushing tough enforcement policies.

The Arizona Republic reports that some Republicans are calling for a guest-worker program and letting undocumented immigrants gain legal status.

Among the notable Arizona Republicans calling for a shift are Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, a supporter of Senate Bill 1070, the state's tough immigration-enforcement law, and Mesa businessman Bob Worsley, who defeated former state Senate President Russell Pearce in a Senate race in last month's Republican primary.

The move to embrace what Republican supporters consider a more practical, market-driven approach contrasts starkly with enforcement-only laws such as SB 1070 that conservative Republicans in Arizona have pushed for years.

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