Texas business groups call for immigration reform


CHRIS TOMLINSON, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Top business associations representing Texas retailers, restaurants and hotels are forming a coalition to press for immigration reform.

The trade groups are scheduled to launch the coordinated effort Monday morning at the state Capitol.

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Members include the Texas Restaurant Association, Texas Association of Retailers, Texas Hotel and Lodging Association and the South Texas Property Rights Association.

They will join the Partnership for a New Economy, which is a non-partisan group that lobbies to streamline the U.S. immigration system. The group includes industries that have a hard time finding low-skilled workers.