In GOP response to Obama, SC governor defends immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are using their formal response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address to try softening the tough stance on immigrants that some GOP presidential candidates have been embracing.

In excerpts of her remarks, GOP South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says that while it is tempting to heed the angriest voices in a time of serious security threats, "We must resist that temptation."

Haley is the American-born daughter of Indian immigrants. She says no one who works hard and follows the laws should feel unwelcome in the U.S.

Haley did not mention GOP presidential candidates in the excerpts. But the front-runner so far, Donald Trump, has called for deporting millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally.