Perry Talks Immigration in NH
Rick Perry discusses one of his weak spots for conservatives, immigration reform, saying that you can't have a conversation about reforms until the border is secure.
A Perry strength will be his 190-proof conservative record, but there is at least one blot on it: immigration. Reflecting the close ties of his state to Mexico, Perry is to the left of the center of gravity of the rest of the party on the issue.
Most significantly, he signed a Texas version of the DREAM Act back in 2001, allowing foreign-born children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition for college if they have lived in the state for three years prior to graduating high school. He explained, “We must say to every Texas child learning in a Texas classroom, ‘We don’t care where you come from, but where you are going, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get there.’
This is a tough one to swallow, as it's hard to imagine anyone who understands what the Democrats are up to - trying to pack the country with illegals with the expectation that they'll become Democratic voters - going along with anything that enables them.
He also opposed the Arizona immigration law. He criticized it on grounds that it would “turn law-enforcement officers into immigration officials,” and said it wouldn’t be right for Texas.
Scary. But which Republican who can beat Obama isn't spineless on immigration?