Hutchison did transportation, now border security
It's not like she's been planning this campaign for 8 years or anything. Here's the text of KLTV's broadcast:
In Longview Tuesday, Senator Hutchison detailed her plan for border security. Specifically, she wants to do away with so-called "sanctuary cities" for illegal immigrants. Hutchison also wants to increase border security by allowing officers to keep their insurance coverage across county lines and establishing a volunteer border force.
And here's more of the meat from the proposal from the AP's Juan Lozano.
The Perry campaign predictably fired back that in her time in Washington she hadn't accomplished anything for border security.
If elected, Hutchison plans to expand participation by Texas law enforcement agencies in the federal 287(g) program, which trains state and local officers in immigration law enforcement and enables them to identify and detain illegal immigrants. Critics have argued the program can lead to racial profiling.
The senator also said she would push to change state policy to require the eligibility of new state employees be checked through E-Verify, a federal government program that checks a person's work eligibility in the country.
Hutchison said she also would work with the Legislature to end so-called "sanctuary cities" in the state — cities with policies restricting police officers' ability to inquire about people's immigration status until they have arrested a suspect on criminal charges.
Her plan also calls for the creation of a volunteer border force made up of retired police and military officers to assist in border security efforts.
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