Politics & Government

Illegal immigration is discussed by Texas politicians, police officials

WEATHERFORD — Area law enforcement officials grappling with illegal immigration and the problems they say it brings — from drug trafficking to increased demand on health care providers — said Monday that they need help dealing with the issue in North Texas.

That help could come from Congress, which they say could send more money for training and equipment, or from the state, which might gain the ability to tax transfers of money out of the country and use that revenue to help law enforcement or health care.

"There's no end to it," Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said of illegal immigration. "It's just a fact of life."

Fowler was among more than a dozen law enforcement officials, along with state Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, and Minuteman Project co-founder Jim Gilchrist, who joined U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, for a round-table discussion about immigration Monday in Weatherford.

After the meeting, Gilchrist announced his endorsement of Granger in her bid for a seventh term representing U.S. House District 12.

"There is only one candidate that has a proven record of working on behalf of taxpayers to work toward solving the problems of border security and illegal immigration," Gilchrist said. "And that is why I offer my full endorsement of Kay Granger."

Granger faces two Republican challengers: Matthew E. Kelly, a wholesale grocery distributor, and Mike Brasovan, an energy company owner endorsed by the Minuteman Political Action Committee. The winner of the March 2 primary will face Democrat Tracey Smith, a real estate broker, in November.

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