Texas Republicans take hard line on immigration

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Associated Press

Posted on January 18, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Updated Saturday, Jan 18 at 1:58 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans are taking hard-line stances on immigration ahead of the March 4 primary elections, hoping to win support from the party's base.

Meanwhile Democrats are hoping those policies will convince more Hispanics to vote for them.

Statewide Republican candidates are largely ignoring the more moderate policies of the national party. Campaign consultants say illegal immigration is a top issue for Republican voters in Texas, who want their candidates to implement tough policies, including placing state police on the border.

Democrats called for local authorities to stay away from immigration law enforcement, new federal immigration laws and tougher enforcement of human and drug trafficking laws.

The Associated Press sent out a questionnaire on immigration to the Republican and Democratic candidates for Texas governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

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