Saturday, August 13, 2011

Rick Perry Aids And Abets Illegal Immigration

With much fanfare today, Texas Governor Rick Perry proclaimed his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination (  Like all aspirants to the White House, the former Democrat intends to feature his successes and political accomplishments. As he will be attempting to appeal to a conservative audience, however, he probably won't highlight many of the things listed below. In fact, he's likely to try to minimize or outright deny them, while simultaneously attempting to feature some seemingly pro-law enforcement steps he's conveniently taken just prior to throwing his hat in the ring for the presidency. 

The reality about Rick Perry, however, is not in question and is simply a matter of record. A portion of that record is as follows:

- Texas is second only to California in the size of its illegal alien population. During the decade Rick Perry has acted as Governor, the Lone Star State's number of illegal aliens and anchor babies has consistently grown.

- Governor Perry has rejected Arizona's SB 1070 immigration law enforcement measure, describing it as inappropriate for Texas.

- Rick Perry acted as the chairman of Al Gore's Texas campaign to obtain the Democratic Party presidential nomination, in 1988.

- Governor Perry has repeatedly voiced his opposition to building a border fence. He has derided the notion of completing the barrier as "nonsense" and "idiocy."

- Governor Perry signed a bill granting taxpayer subsidized in-state college tuition rates to illegal aliens in Texas. Perry happily boasted of this accomplishment when making an official visit to Mexico.

- The Governor from Texas has opposed the use of E-Verify, a free system available to employers that allows them to check whether or not they are hiring someone who can legally work in the U.S.

- While speaking in Mexico in 2007, Perry called for a "... free flow of individuals between these two countries who want to work and want to be an asset to our country and to Mexico.”

Governor Perry has endured criticism from some as being similar to another Texas governor, George W. Bush. We at feel that's unfair, however. After all, George W. Bush never lied about his desires to accomodate, and ultimately grant legalization to, millions of illegal aliens. He was very up front about his intention to achieve "comprehensive immigration reform." Perhaps a more realistic comparison is made between Rick Perry and another faux conservative, John McCain.  Senator McCain engaged in much the same type of about-face, tough-talk-on-immigration and empty posturing, when he desperately attempted to salvage his senate seat last year, as Rick Perry has in the months leading up to his presidential run.

Readers who would like more insight into Governor Perry's immigration views and positions are invited to click on the following link:

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