Saturday, August 06, 2005

DeLay criticizes Houston's policy on illegal immigrants - DeLay criticizes Houston's policy on illegal immigrants: "House Majority Leader Tom DeLay criticized the city of Houston's 'sanctuary' policy toward illegal immigrants in a speech Thursday night.

Speaking to a packed house of Fort Bend County Republican faithful, DeLay said he supported the concept behind legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., that would withhold federal funding from cities such as Houston that refuse to enforce immigration law.

'It greatly concerns me that the police chief in Houston, Texas, has created a sanctuary in Houston by announcing that he is not going to enforce our laws,' the Sugar Land Republican said, in response to a question about Tancredo's bill.

'That is unacceptable, and we hope to address it through Tancredo's legislation or other legislation.'

Since 1992, a Houston Police Department policy has officially forbidden officers from enforcing immigration laws in most cases."


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