For six years, Rick Perry let as many as 2,000 sex offenders roam free -- and we know full well that at least one of those sex offenders returned to Texas.
The hammer has dropped. No more puppies and kittens. From Bill White himself:
"Rick Perry cleaned the records of thousands of convicted sex offenders who were deported and kept this policy until we confronted him about it," said White. "Perry even let deported criminals keep valid drivers licenses."
"Because of Perry's failure to secure the border, local police spend their time arresting illegal immigrants who commit crimes every day, as they did when I was Houston's mayor," said White.
The facts are absolutely damning. Here's what happened:
From the time Rick Perry took office until the time Rick Perry took office until October of 2006, he maintained a policy at the Texas Department of Public Safety that allowed sex offenders to be removed from the registry once they were deported. It wasn't until Bill White himself directed Rick Perry to change the policy that any policy was changed.
The Houston Chronicle: "Database changed to include deported illegal immigrants"
More than 2,000 illegal immigrant sex offenders, whose names were absent from a public statewide database because they were deported, have been restored to the Texas Department of Public Safety public Internet site after a Houston police officer's slaying a month ago.
Andy Kahan, director of the crime victim's office for Houston Mayor Bill White, said today he asked the Texas DPS to review its policy to not include deported offenders in the public database after an illegal immigrant, Juan Leonardo Quintero, was arrested Sept. 26 in the shooting death of Officer Rodney Johnson.
The decision puts 2,084 names of deported offenders back on the list that's accessible to the public, DPS spokeswoman Tela Mange said.
Yes -- that same Officer Johnson Rick Perry is lying about was killed by a sex offender who was deported -- then removed from the sex offender database and proceded to return to Texas across a border Rick Perry has failed to protect for ten years.
More from the Bill White campaign:
The Crime Victims Office of Houston Mayor Bill White confronted Rick Perry's Department of Public Safety about why it had a policy of dropping sex offenders from the sex offender registry once deported.
The letter is available at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/40069352/Houston-to-Perry-Letter
Within weeks of receiving the letter, Perry's DPS changed the policy, restoring 2,084 criminals to the sex offender list.
Houston Mayor Bill White's Chief of Staff called Steve McCraw, head of the Department of Public Safety, and alerted him to the fact that a criminal drug trafficker who had been deported was able to keep a Texas driver's license.
All municipal and county law enforcement depend on DPS databases to check driver's licenses and criminal backgrounds.