Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo believes the political debate on immigration may harm Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.
Acevedo was asked by ABC "This Week" guest host Martha Raddatz about the possible effect of a looming Tuesday announcement from President Trump on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
He did not directly address the DACA program, which allows work permits and deportation protection for about 800,000 immigrants brought to the country as children, many living in the Houston area.
However, he did address the larger immigration debate, saying he took issue with what he considers an "ugly narrative" about immigrants that could keep some from trying to help the state rebuild.
"So many homes have been damaged, some beyond repair, in our state. And then you add on top of that the issues with the immigration debate and the ugliness of that," Acevedo said. "I was mentioning to somebody yesterday, a state official, that was pushing the anti-immigration ugly narrative. I asked him, 'Now what are you going to tell the American people, when we have scared away so many hard-working people?'"