Texas Republicans Moderate on One Thing: Immigration

After a few hardline moves in 2011, the Texas Republican Party may be returning to its moderate stance on immigration policy. 
Fri January 11, 2013 9:00 pm
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Texas Republicans have historically been more moderate than their national counterparts on the issue of illegal immigration. But that tradition was in question in the 2011 legislative session, as Tea Party-backed Republicans seemed to be pushing their party to the right on the issue. One of the major subplots of the session was Rick Perry’s sanctuary cities bill, which the governor designated as one of his six “emergency” priorities. (That bill would have blocked municipalities from adopting policies that barred local law enforcement from asking those arrested about their immigration status.)

Now, however, the fervor has apparently abated. That much was clear during Perry’s presidential campaign in 2011, as his opponents for the Republican presidential nomination took him to task for having signed the “Texas DREAM Act” in 2001, leading Perry, apparently nonplussed, to retort that “If you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they have been brought there by no fault of their own, I don’t think you have a heart.” The next year, delegates

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