Most wanted of­fender ar­rested

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - — clau­dia Grisales, amer­i­can-states­man staff — amer­i­can-states­man staff

A lo­cal law en­force­ment task force nabbed one of the state’s most wanted sex of­fend­ers in South Austin on Mon­day, of­fi­cials said Tues­day.

The Lone Star Fugi­tive Task Force ar­rested 67-year-old Lloyd Lester Gib­son III Mon­day af­ter­noon near South Congress Av­enue and Ol­torf Street, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials with the U.S. Mar­shals Ser­vice task force and the Texas De­part­ment of Pub­lic Safety.

Gib­son’s pre­vi­ous charges in­clude in­de­cent ex­po­sure, in­de­cency with a child and bur­glary.

A man who po­lice say was in­volved in a string of “smash and grab” bur- glar­ies of Austin and Hays County busi­nesses has been ar­rested, of­fi­cials said Tues­day. Frank Joseph Flores, 36, was ar­rested and charged with two counts of bur­glary of a non-res­i­dence in Hays County and faces fur­ther charges in Travis County, Austin po­lice said.

The Hays County bur­glar­ies in­cluded a Quiznos and a Dickie’s BBQ, po­lice said. Busi­nesses hit in Austin were three Sub­way restau­rants, two U-Haul stores and a Cof­fee Bean. that Clint Bolick of the Gold­wa­ter In­sti­tute was a panel mem­ber Tues­day. Bolick is co-au­thor with Jeb Bush of the up­com­ing book “Im­mi­gra­tion Wars: Forg­ing an Amer­i­can So­lu­tion.”

“It ap­pears that af­ter the 2012 elec­tion we have that rare his­tor­i­cal moment when Democrats and Repub­li­cans may be will­ing to come to­gether not just to put an­other Band-Aid on the is­sue, but to fix it fun­da­men­tally,” Bolick said.

He called for a le­gal­iza­tion (not cit­i­zen­ship) pro­gram for il­le­gal im­mi­grants. It’s “crazy,” he said, “to send th­ese peo­ple pack­ing when they’ve be­come true Amer­i­cans.”

And Bolick called for some­thing far more pro­found than merely mak­ing for­eign-born chil­dren of il­le­gal im­mi­grants el­i­gi­ble for in-state col­lege tuition. “We can go fur­ther … and give th­ese kids, who are Amer­i­cans in ev­ery sense of the word, cit­i­zen­ship in a very, very quick man­ner,” Bolick said.

It’s a long way to Iowa, 2016 — and Ge­orge W. Bush’s on­go­ing in­ter­est in im­mi­gra­tion re­form is no sur­prise — but is his reemer­gence on this is­sue a pos­si­ble bol­ster for an­other Bush’s pres­i­den­tial can­di­dacy?

Lm OTERO / as­so­ci­ated Press

Former Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush speaks Tues­day in Dal­las at a con­fer­ence on im­mi­gra­tion, which be­dev­iled his party in the elec­tion.

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