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Stanton: 'There will be a comprehensive immigration bill'

Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Arizona, left, greets President Barack Obama, with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, on Obama's arrival in Phoenix, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. In Arizona the President is expected to tour a construction project and speak about housing, before heading to Los Angeles where he will tape an episode of the "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

PHOENIX - Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said Tuesday he believes the federal government will pass a comprehensive immigration bill.

Stanton spoke with News/Talk 92.3 KTAR's Mac & Gaydos after spending the day with President Barack Obama. He said the two discussed multiple topics, ranging from the housing market to immigration reform.

"I'm ultimately an optimist; I actually think there will be a comprehensive bill because I think the American people are going to speak up and say, ‘enough is enough, it's time to actually do something about immigration, the only way to do it is in a comprehensive way."

Stanton passed a letter to Obama from a "Dreamer," thanking the president for his work on immigration.

"It was a thank you letter to say to the president how much this young student appreciated the president's leadership on immigration reform and how he could live his life and work without fear of being deported, and he wanted to just show his appreciation," Stanton said.

When asked what he thought happened to the "Gang of Eight" immigration bill that is still sitting in the House, Stanton said he felt rivalries were blocking the bill from progressing.

"Let's be honest, as much as there is a hyper-partisan fight between Democrats and Republicans, I think there as much of a fight between the Senate and the House. Those guys just don't like each other."

During his speech, Obama cited immigration as one of the reasons the housing market is recovering.

"I think the point the president was making on that important issue is that if we pass comprehensive immigration reform, if we get lots of people out of the shadows fueling our economy, they are going to have more people buying homes, getting out of rental situations," Stanton said.

Earlier in the day, Gov. Jan Brewer said Obama's speech on housing gave too much credit to the federal government, but not enough to Americans. Stanton said everyone deserves some credit for the recovery, Obama included.

"No one person deserves credit for moving an entire economy," he said.

Stanton said the president was very glad to see him on the tarmac with Brewer, as he received a "bro hug" from the president himself.

"We did do a bro hug, that is correct. It's a half-handshake, the other half goes around to the back and it's kind of a man hug."

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