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Softening the tone on immigration: the anatomy of a Texas political brawl

When Gov. Rick Perry was booed by his party, it suggested they weren't in the mood for any type of moderation (File photo by AP)

By Duke Machado / VOXXI Blogs Thursday, June 14, 2012

Shortly before midnight, a person went to a microphone in the Fort Worth auditorium and made a motion to end a bitter debate over immigration. And just like that, the Texas Republican Party made history by adopting new, more moderate immigration language in its party platform – and signaled its desire to bring more Hispanics into the party fold.

The moment made national headlines recently, when such entrenched anti-immigrant groups such as The Minutemen – an armed group of civilians who patrol our borders — joined a disparate statewide coalition to forge what is called the “Texas Solution,” which acknowledges that mass deportations of illegal immigrants are unpractical and even calls for a temporary guest worker program.

Before, the party’s platform contained such strident language such as:

“Anyone who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t American at all. We have room but for one flag, the American Flag. We have room for but one language here and that is the English language.”

Now, the language read more like:

“Mass deportation of these individuals would neither be equitable nor practical…We seek common ground to develop and advance a conservative, market- and law-based approach to our nation’s immigration issues…”

To fully appreciate what took place at last week’s convention, one must understand all that led up to that moment.

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