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Valley business leaders call for immigration reform

PHOENIX -- A panel of local business leaders and lawmakers spent part of Tuesday morning at Arizona State University discussing the economic benefits of immigration reform.

As Congress went on recess at the end of last week without passing an immigration bill, President of AT&T Arizona Jerry Fuentes said it is all the more reason for business leaders to ramp up calls for reform.

"This is our opportunity to start getting louder about the issue and stay loud," he said.

The issue of immigration reform is important to businesses Fuentes said, and having a broken system is costing the state and country.

"It means jobs, it means investments, it really means growing our businesses."

Without taking a partisan stance on what the best reform would be, Fuentes did say it would likely include a combination of securing the border and creating pathways to citizenship.

Fuentes added immigration affects both big and small business and it is time to see reform.

"We need a solution, this is too important for the business community to sit back and do nothing," he said.

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A southern California native, Mark Remillard began working in radio in 2010 while in community college as a host of late night and weekend programming for publicly supported 88.5 FM KSBR. While working through college, Mark also interned for the Bill Handel Radio Program at Los Angeles' KFI AM640, where he began his work in journalism. Mark moved to Arizona in August 2012 to finish his bachelor's degree at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and graduated in August 2014. Mark began working as a reporter for KTAR in November 2012.

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