AUSTIN (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 national, non-partisan group lobbying to streamline the national immigration system. The group includes industries that have a hard time finding low-skilled workers.

Immigration is one of the most important issues to Republican voters in Texas, and Republican candidates have taken a hard line against illegal immigration. They also oppose programs to grant a path to citizenship to immigrants in the country illegally.

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