Suburban Texas Mayor takes 'middle road' approach to immigration

The New York Times profiles a Texas mayor who, in the face of rising anti-immigrant sentiment in his town, decided that the city would run an immigration check on anyone booked into the local jail.

Mayor Herbert A. Gears, who is immigrant-friendly, argues that the program has allowed the city to relieve building political pressure to legislate against undocumented immigrants without having to participate in the federal 287(g) program. However, the immigration checks have resulted in numerous deportations.

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