At a gathering of Republican governors in Miami, Gov. Jeb Bush couldn't resist taking another shot at the Colorado congressman who recently sneered that the city is a "Third World country.''
"He's wrong,'' Bush said of U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo. "This is a vibrant, beautiful city. We celebrate diversity here. We're an international city.''
But during a panel discussion on homeland security, the governor took a position opposed by immigration advocates.
He said: "There's one thing that Washington could probably do a little better: get our local police trained and certified for INS work. It makes no sense to me, it boggles my mind, that if people coming illegally into our state are apprehended, they can't be detained. It doesn't make any sense at all. You can't even put them in a police car.''
Activists worry that if police are given immigration powers, immigrants will fear turning to law enforcement in cases of emergency.