- The Washington Times - Monday, June 9, 2014

Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis suggested that the Republican stance on immigration is a racist one, and that conservatives simply don’t like “people who don’t look like them.”

“You need look no further than what happened in Arizona with their anti-immigration bill and the withdrawal of tourism and the impact to their economy as a consequence of what ideological thinkers did to that state,” the Democrat said at a Human Rights Campaign PAC fundraiser in Austin, The Daily Caller reported.

Miss Davis is running for governor against Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is leading by double digits in most polls.

“And the same is true with the conversations that are going on in the Republican convention right now,” she continued. “They’re talking about whether they should soften their language on immigration, but we all know where they are because they’ve been talking about it on the airwaves for the last couple of months. And we know what they really believe and think about people who don’t look like them or come from where they come from.

“And we also know as a consequence of what’s been going on with their decisions and their platform on LGBT rights, exactly where they values are in that regard,” she added.

The comments come after Texas Republicans approved its new party platform over the weekend that has a tougher stance on immigration, including banning in-state tuition for undocumented students and prohibiting “the knowing employment of illegal immigrants,” The Star-Telegram reported.