Aug 6, 2013 5:02 PM by Rebekah Sanders
PHOENIX - U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Phoenix, lauded the president's speech afterward as he stood in the crowd.
"Immigration reform is very important because right now you can't build enough housing in Phoenix because you don't have the skilled labor," Pastor said. "A lot of that skilled labor left after S.B. 1070," referring to the strict immigration enforcement law passed in Arizona in 2010 which prompted many illegal immigrants to flee the state.
But Arizona Republicans shot back after the speech, claiming credit for the state's economic recovery rather than the president.
"The real news here is that Arizona is showing the signs of an economic recovery, despite the federal government which has done nothing more than create economic instability," Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham said in a written statement. "Credit should go to our entrepreneurs and business owners, our investors, and to the voters who elected conservative Republicans to lead our state and put us on the road to recovery."
He pointed to Arizona cutting spending to balance its budget and reducing taxes since the recession which he argued made Arizona a place for business to thrive.