Texas GOP Oks more-lenient immigration platform

Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The Texas Republican Convention has approved a party platform on immigration conceding that mass deportation of illegal immigrants isn't practical and calling for "common ground" to develop more-realistic strategies.

Many of the more than 6,000 delegates assembled in Fort Worth had objected to the platform, complaining it was "ambiguous at best, liberal at worst."

But supporters said the language allows Texas to lead the nation on immigration solutions, rather than simply listing problems generated by it.

The platform sanctions a national temporary worker program to bring foreigners to America when jobs are available.

A series of motions to replace the proposed platform with the state GOP's more-traditional, hardline stances against illegal immigration all failed late Friday night.

After that, the full platform was voted on and approved with little objection.

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