He said he was referring to smugglers who abandon or enslave illegal immigrants and are involved in drug and crime rings. He said he never mentioned ethnicity and, in fact, based his remarks on media accounts of the plight of women and children from around the world.
The Tribune disagreed:
Tribune Editor Chris Cobler said the reporter denies misrepresenting what Allard said. He said he had no reason to doubt that Allard was denouncing people who traffick in illegal immigrants. "But I strongly believe our reporter when he says that's not what (Allard) said," Cobler added. He said Allard's office didn't complain after the story was published.
Allard's response came after Democratic Party Chair Pat Waak criticized him for comments in The Greeley Sentinel on May 27 in which he said that illegal immigrants are "all the same bad characters." Waak told the AP that she "became aware of Allard's remarks Monday after hearing from the head of the state Democratic Party's Latino Initiative."