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Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and other law enforcement take part in public safety event where they spoke against a proposed "bathroom bill," Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in Austin, Texas. The Texas Senate has revived a bill mandating transgender Texans use public restrooms corresponding to their birth-certificate genders. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

A Houston police officer says immigration debate could hurt Harvey recovery


Houston’s police chief, Art Acevedo said that the country’s debate about immigration could have a negative impact on the city’s recovery from Hurricane Harvey.

In a Sunday interview with ABC's “This Week,” Acevedo said that the “ugliness” of the immigration debate in the country could harm the city's efforts to rebuild after Harvey.

"So many homes have been damaged and some beyond repair, in our state. And then you add on top of that all the issues with the immigration debate and all the ugliness of that," Acevedo said.

"I was mentioning to somebody yesterday, a state official, that was pushing this anti-immigration ugly narrative. I asked him, 'Now what are you going to tell the American people, when we’ve scared away so many hard-working people?'" he added.

Acevedo's comments comes days after the White House announced that President Trump will make a decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on Tuesday.

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