At Debate, Patrick's Immigration Tone Seems to Soften

Republican state Sen. Dan Patrick and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro traded verbal punches during a televised debate on immigration Tuesday night, but even those tough blows appeared to be a softer version of Patrick's previous immigration comments.

The lieutenant governor candidate didn’t engage in the hard-edged rhetoric that drew fire earlier in his campaign when he described the influx of undocumented immigrants from Mexico to Texas as an “illegal invasion.” When Texas Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith, who moderated the debate, asked Patrick whether his previous remarks were productive for Republicans in the state or ...

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