On Thursday, ‘The Texas Tribune’ published an article misleadingly claiming a sheriff referred to immigrants as “drunks who would run over your children.”
The article was titled, “Texas sheriff says migrants are ‘drunks’ who will ‘run over your children’ during White House press briefing.” Sheriff Bill Waybourn was specifically referring to illegal immigrants who are repeat criminals. The headline was later changed to “Texas sheriff at White House briefing: If criminal immigrants are released, ‘drunks’ will ‘run over your children.’”
“Of those people that we have in custody, we know for a fact that 72 percent of them are repeat offenders,” Waybourn said. “So if we have to turn them loose or they get released, they’re coming back to your neighborhood and my neighborhood. These drunks will run over your children and they will run over my children.”
“I understand that many of these migrants come across that river down there in Texas looking for a better day, for something better for their family. I don’t think anybody disagrees with that, but the problem is the very people that they were fleeing who preyed upon them came with them. And that’s who we’re trying to initially eliminate out of our country.”
The paper later tweeted a correction to the article and deleted a previous tweet promoting the story, The Washington Free Beacon reports.
A tweet earlier today on the Tarrant County sheriff’s remarks at the White House did not include the full context of his comments. We’ve removed the tweet and are correcting the story.
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) October 10, 2019