Texas Dem. chair on Perry's 'anti-Latino record'
October 7th, 2011
12:32 PM ET
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Texas Dem. chair on Perry's 'anti-Latino record'

Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) - Don't call Texas Gov. Rick Perry soft on immigration, said the chair of his state's Democratic Party.

"His anti-Latino record, I think, speaks for itself," said Texas Democratic leader Boyd Richie during a visit to the New Hampshire Democratic Party headquarters Friday. "To say that he's soft on immigration is just flat wrong."

The Texas governor has been soundly pummeled by conservatives for his support of a 2001 bill that granted in-state college tuition to the children of some illegal immigrants.

Perry's GOP opponents have seized on the issue in a series of presidential debates, and in a swing through New Hampshire last week several voters pressed Perry on his support for the bill.

Richie said in an interview Friday that he gave the governor credit for passing the bill - a move which, as Perry has repeatedly told audiences, would keep those students "off the government dole" and which received overwhelming support in the state legislature.

But Richie pointed to Perry's push earlier this term to censure so-called "sanctuary cities" that protect illegal immigrants as an example of his hard-line on immigration.

He also cited Perry's support for a more rigid voter identification bill - which Democrats believe will lower voter turnout among minorities - as evidence of his position.

The Perry campaign is straddling an awkward line on this issue. The same record that may turn off die-hard conservatives during a primary campaign could appeal to more moderate voters and Hispanics in a general election.

In a speech in Manchester Oct. 1, Perry told the audience he had made the decisions that were right for Texas. As he fielded several questions on illegal immigration and border control, Perry said he was the only candidate with the experience and "courage" to tackle the situation.

"I don't have the privilege to stand on a stage and say, oh here's what I would do," Perry said. "I've been governor of Texas for 10 years. I have to deal with these issues real-time."

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Dave, Central Illinois

    How horrible of him to uphold the laws of the U.S. Sanctuary cities are breaking the law and should be punished. Another example of Dems only enforcing laws they like.

    October 7, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. dreucalypt

    Perry is just harshly enough against Mexican-Americans to lose their votes and not harsh enough to impress the real right-wing crazies he depends on.

    October 7, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Perry seems to be doing George W. Bush - can't be firmly on one side or another of an issue. He also seems to talk around it as well. He's not a prinicpled conservative it seems, but more that George W(oman) Bush.

    October 7, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. coy4one

    I don't think I understood that last part, "I've been governor of Texas for 10 years. I have to deal with these issues real-time." I live in Texas, his deals are with BIG BUSINESS....don't count on Perry to "deal" with much....not unless he gets a cut!

    October 7, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I am not sure it would be in the best interest of America to elect either Mittens or Ponzi Perry. It just means that the Kochs and big oil will be sitting in the oval office.

    October 7, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Me

    Like most GOPers, Perry loves Latinos...to clean their homes, watch their children, manicure their lawns and then suddenly recalling on election day some of those Hispanics are (gulp!) ac tually Americans that can vote so it's then they want to treat them as US citizens.

    October 7, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Perry does what makes sense, in TX. Not everyone likes him, but at least he strives to do what makes sense, and he isn't trying to create a welfare state, like the Democrats do.

    October 7, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    The Republicans were fine with letting illegals into this country because they were seen as a cheap labor force to undermine the unions. It was all good with illegals because they percieved Republicans as the job creators, and they were getting jobs.
    Many cast their votes for Republicans.

    October 7, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    I challenge anyone to name one thing that the Republican Party has done to help this nation recover from the global financial crisis. I can name one, so let's see if anyone can name another. They gave away $700B to Wall Street and called it TARP. Name another. Anybody?

    October 7, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. Enough is Enough

    You can't be proillegal and proamerica, its one or the other. You made the wrong pick Perry.

    October 7, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel wrote:
    Perry does what makes sense, in TX. Not everyone likes him, but at least he strives to do what makes sense, and he isn't trying to create a welfare state, like the Democrats do.
    No welfare state? Is that why Gov. Perry threatened to secede? Is that why Gov. Perry created so many jobs from Stimulus money, which in turn was given right back to the him through contributions to the RGA? Or is it really because he wanted to stick around and cry about how little federal aid he wasn't getting (but actually was, he lied) from the federal government?

    October 7, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. thomas

    After he declares Mexico the 51 state , will he change the name to Rickxico or Perrxico ?

    Perry / Enron
    Jobs you can count on !

    October 7, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |