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Houston police chief: Immigration debate could hurt Harvey recovery

Houston's police chief warned Sunday that the country's debate about immigration could have a negative impact on the city's recovery from Hurricane Harvey.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said on ABC's "This Week" that the "ugliness" of the immigration debate could hurt the city as it tries to rebuild from the devastating storm.

"So many homes have been damaged and some beyond repair, in our state. And then you add on top of that all the issues with the immigration debate and all the ugliness of that," Acevedo said.

"I was mentioning to somebody yesterday, a state official, that was pushing this anti-immigration ugly narrative. I asked him, 'Now what are you going to tell the American people, when we've scared away so many hard-working people?'" he continued.

Acevedo's comments come as President Trump is expected to issue a decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which temporarily prevents people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as minors from being deported.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are pushing Trump to not terminate the Obama-era program, including Speaker Paul Ryan.

"I actually don't think he should do that and I believe that this is something Congress has to fix," Ryan said Friday.