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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Candidate for lieutenant governor Dan Patrick has promised a tougher line on illegal immigration but is coming under fire after a former employee said he worked at Patrick’s sports bar without legal authorization.

In a story first reported Wednesday by the Dallas Morning News and Houston’s KTRK television, Miguel Andrade said he told the Houston state senator in the 1980s that he was in the country illegally. But Patrick issued a statement insisting Andrade never told him about his immigration status.

Border security and illegal immigration are the top issues among Republican primary voters.

One of Patrick’s opponents, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, hired an investigator who found Andrade and said he wanted to show Patrick’s hypocrisy.

Andrade said Patrick helped him become a citizen. Patrick says he does not recall.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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