Texas governor says 'mistakes' made in immigrant rhetoric

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center with Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen, right, and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, left, makes opening statements during a round table discussion, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Austin, Texas. Abbott is meeting in Austin with officials from Google, Twitter and Facebook as well as officials from the FBI and state lawmakers to discuss ways of combatting extremism in light of the recent mass shooting in El Paso that reportedly targeted Mexicans. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott says "mistakes were made" in response to anger over him sending a fundraising letter that called on supporters to "defend Texas" from illegal immigration

EL PASO, Texas — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott says "mistakes were made" when he sent a fundraising letter that called on supporters to "defend Texas" from illegal immigration.

The letter from Abbott's campaign was dated a day before a gunman targeting Mexicans killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso. But the mailer didn't surface until last week and was condemned by the Texas Democratic Party as racist and anti-Latino.

Abbott said Thursday he told El Paso lawmakers there's been a "course correction" and that he "emphasized the importance of making sure the rhetoric will not being used in a dangerous way."

Those same lawmakers also criticized Abbott for tweeting that "liberals" on the court require Texas to pay for schooling students not in the U.S. legally. The Democrats called the tweet dangerous.

Related News

US: 45,000 Islamic State fighters taken off battlefields

Aug 11, 2016

A top U.S. commander says that the military campaigns against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have taken 45,000 enemy combatants off the battlefield

Families say Colorado men killed fighting ISIS shared traits

Aug 11, 2016

Two men who were reportedly killed while fighting the Islamic State group in Syria left suburban Denver neighborhoods for a warzone because of camaraderie and an unshakeable drive to right an injustice, their families said Wednesday

2 previous force complaints against academy shooting officer

Aug 11, 2016

The officer who shot and killed a 73-year-old retired librarian during a police academy class resigned from his previous department shortly after two excessive force complaints were filed against him, according to records released Thursday

The Expert Features reports on the issues and the world’s everyday news. Handled by experts in different niches, you will find different subjects and perspectives.