Amid all the media excitement generated by Rick Perry’s bluster and swagger into the Republican presidential sweepstakes, a vital fact about the handsome man from Texas is being underreported: Perry is about as liberal as one can be on the issue of illegal aliens!
After eight long, precarious years under W. and three harrowing years so far under Obama, America needs a president who respects the rule of law and U.S. sovereignty, and who will fight tooth and nail to defend American language and culture from all enemies, both foreign and domestic.
We need a president who will enforce existing laws to defend American citizens from foreign invaders.
We need a president who will listen to the concerns of Americans in states like Arizona, Georgia, Alabama and others who are suffering from the influx of illegal aliens from south of our borders.
We need a president who will abandon partisan politics by joining Arizona and Alabama in their efforts to stop the illicit flow of drugs and illegals into their states.
We need a president who understands that foolish ideas like the DREAM Act, amnesty and other pandering to illegals will only serve to attract another 20 million of so invaders.
Unfortunately, Rick Perry is not that candidate.
As documented by American patriot and hero Tom Tancredo, Rick Perry is anything but conservative on this issue.
Mr. Tancredo writes, in part:
Perry is eager to separate himself from his predecessor in the Texas governor’s mansion, George W. Bush — who is unpopular with both tea party Republicans and the American electorate as a whole. But one area where Perry’s positions are virtually identical to Bush is immigration.
When I ran for president in 2008, I tried to pressure the Republican candidates to take a hard line against illegal immigration. For this, Perry called me a racist.
When he first took office as governor in 2001, Perry went to Mexico and bragged about his law that granted “the children of undocumented workers” special in-state tuition at Texas colleges, the first state in the nation to do so.
“The message is simple,” Perry concluded, “educacion es el futuro, y si se puede.” Education is the future, and (echoing Cesar Chavez’s slogan) yes we can.]
Just a few weeks ago, Perry defended his decision to give in-state tuition to illegal immigrants. He said “to punish these young Texans for their parents’ actions is not what America has always been about.”
Perry opposed Arizona’s tough anti-illegal immigration law SB 1070. “I have concerns,” he explained, “with portions of the law passed in Arizona and believe it would not be the right direction for Texas.”
He spoke out last year against using E-Verify to prevent illegal immigrants from getting jobs as state employees, who get their paychecks from the taxpayers. He insisted it “would not make a hill of beans’ difference.”
Numbers USA, a group that supports immigration control, gives Perry a “D-“ for his positions supporting amnesty, open borders, and opposing border security.
Perry, in a speech in Mexico in 2007, said he supports completely open borders, calling for the “free flow of individuals between these two countries who want to work and want to be an asset to our country and to Mexico.”
In the same speech he came out against building a fence along the U.S.-Mexican border. Perry also came out in favor of blanket amnesty for illegal immigrants in 2006, albeit without citizenship, supporting “a guest worker program that takes undocumented workers off the black market and legitimizes their economic contribution.”
Despite all his talk about sovereignty and states’ rights, Perry proposed the Trans-Texas Corridor. This toll road would go through Mexico, but be run together with the Mexican government in the middle of Texas.
While Perry opposes the border fence, 68 percent of all voters, and 86 percent of Republicans, support the fence. While Perry opposes the Arizona law, SB 1070, voters want 1070 in their state by a 2-1 margin — including 86 percent of all Republicans.
Perry’s only true conservative positions on borders involve calling for an end to sanctuary cities and signing a voter ID law. While I support these measures, they don’t make up for the rest of his positions on immigration. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.”
As well all know, being right twice a day is not nearly good enough!
Rick Perry: An “undocumented” liberal when it comes to illegal aliens!
John W. Lillpop is a Capitol Hill Coffee House staff writer.