Mayor White backtracks from Senate-candidate White

Remember when Senate-candidate White tried not to look so wimpy on illegal immigration?

Standing in front of a bank of TV cameras this week, Houston Mayor Bill White took the federal government to task for not deporting an illegal immigrant with a criminal record before he allegedly shot a Houston police officer during a recent drug raid.


To plug any potential remaining gaps, White this week said he plans to ask Hurtt to consider participating in the federal government’s controversial 287(g) program, which trains local jailers to assist immigration agents.

Of course he didn't mean it:

It was interesting to read this blog post from Katherine Leal Unmuth of the Dallas News. She reported on a recent LULAC event White helped headline in Dallas.

The mayor gets a little defensive when pressed about immigration training for Houston jailers through the 287g program. He emphasizes that he hasn't signed off anything yet, even though he hasn't indicated locally any reluctance to join the program.

Different audience, different position.

Posted by Anne Linehan @ 07/16/09 06:30 PM | Print |

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