Among final acts in Congress, Giffords attends State of the Union

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A year ago at this time, her chair was empty.

Tuesday night, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords attended President Obama's State of the Union address.

Giffords announced this weekend she's resigning from Congress to focus on her recovery.

In a touching moment before his speech the president, embraced Gabby.

Her husband, Mark Kelly, was present as well as a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama.

Obama acknowledged issues close to Southern Arizona such as support for the Dream Act.

We should be working on comprehensive immigration reform right now.   But if election-year politics keeps Congress from acting on a comprehensive plan, let's at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people who want to staff our labs, start new businesses, and defend this country.  Send me a law that gives them the chance to earn their citizenship.  I will sign it right away.

Before resigning, Giffords' final act in Congress will be to vote on a bill that imposes tougher penalties on smugglers who use small aircraft to bring drugs across the border.