Democrat White, in Lubbock, faults Arizona immigration law

Texas should welcome all residents who "work hard and play by the rules" and keep law enforcement focused on violent crime, the Democratic hopeful for the governor's seat told a crowd of about 70 on the Texas Tech campus Thursday.


White stopped on campus during a swing that included a stop in Plainview and a speech to Lubbock's Chamber of Commerce.

He said Perry's request for all state agencies to trim budgets by 5 percent ignored the need to set priorities, such as higher education.

Texas Tech has hopes of becoming a state-designated tier one research institution, but meeting those goals while cutting budgets has raised concerns.

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