Perry: ‘Immigration reform is going to be very passé’
November 20th, 2013
06:18 PM ET
11 months ago

Perry: ‘Immigration reform is going to be very passé’

Scottsdale, Arizona (CNN) – Calls to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws will fade away as soon as Mexico jump-starts its economy, Texas Gov. Rick Perry predicted Wednesday.

Perry, speaking to reporters at the Republican Governors Association’s annual conference in Arizona, ridiculed Democratic efforts to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill without first enhancing security along the Texas-Mexico border.

But Perry said the debate over immigration reform - and perhaps the heated political battles over border security - could end up being pointless thanks to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Nieto is working to overhaul his country’s energy laws in order to lure greater investment from outside oil and gas companies, thereby boosting job creation. Energy production in Mexico has been state-run for 75 years.

“I think immigration reform is going to be very passé,” Perry said. “It’s going to be part of the past. And one of the reasons is that is that when Mexico liberalizes the energy policy down there and the Mexicans who are here illegally go home… and as a matter of fact there might be a lot of folks who maybe are U.S. citizens going to Mexico looking for jobs in the energy industry.”

“And (at) that particular point in time,” he added, “this whole discussion about immigration reform, I think it goes away for one thing. And the idea about border security may shift from the United States and Mexico border, down to the Guatemala-Mexican border.”

Asked how long such a scenario might take to unfold, Perry said it “depends on how fast the Congress in Mexico works.”

But he said President Pena Nieto “is very committed to improving the economic lot in Mexico.”

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. TommyBoy

    When I have to sneak across the border to Mexico to get a job, then it will be "passe" Governor.
    When I can drive across the border without being shot at, robbed or just plain shook down for money, the it will be "passe" Governor.
    Until then, the word is not "passe" governor...it is "posse."

    November 20, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    My god this man is stupid. This is his "D" in "Principles of Economics" at TX Aggy talking. If this is idea of convincing new rhetoric arguing against the need for immigration reform, then seriously, please keep talking...spread it...get as many GOPers/Teatrolls repeating this abject nonsense as you possibly can.

    November 20, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  3. ladies first

    if you were so sure as to post the article that tells me your not sure at all nice try get a grip use your own brain not everyone eles

    November 20, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. Jonathon Powelly

    The only thing passe is Rick Perry.

    November 20, 2013 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Does this slug even know what Pass'e means?

    November 20, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    While I agree, nothing should be done about immigration reform, other than to enforce our EXISTING laws, I don't agree we won't have illegal immigrants on an ongoing, basis..........because we are doing NOTHING to stop the flow.

    November 20, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  7. jb

    Will soon Mexico's min wage will be more then here in the US so yes Perry more people that are us citizens might go to Mexico for work

    November 20, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  8. S. B. Stein

    What would he do about the immigration system and reforming it? "Securing the boarder" doesn't mean squat if it doesn't do something to resolve who should and shouldn't be here.

    November 20, 2013 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  9. freedom

    This is great news for Mexico – and for America. Mexico has beautiful beaches and a wonderful culture that people enjoy. The Mexican people would love to make an honest living in their own country and provide for their families – instead of having to sneak across borders to do this. If the Mexican president can make progress in the areas Gov. Perry refers to and address the severe problems of the drug cartels, this would be a revolutionary achievement.

    November 20, 2013 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  10. NameAlbrit

    Perry is 100% wrong,not every immigrant is a Mexican, in the United States there are immigrants from all the globe.Obviously I will vote Democrat.

    November 20, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  11. vikingwoman

    It's hard to fathom that this 'out to lunch' individual has been governor of my state for as long as he has! Who keeps voting for him!? People are obviously not paying attention to the trifle coming out of his mouth! Rick, pay attention, there are many more undocumented immigrants coming into the country than just Mexicans! Many come on visas from all over the globe & stay! There are families w/kids who have lived here 10-20-30 years! In many instances kids came here as babies, who are now grown, but still not legal! See, the issue of immigration reform is much more complex than your simplistic views & speech! I'm really glad Perry is retiring, now he can be put out to pasture & be out to lunch on his own time!!

    November 21, 2013 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  12. Thomas

    Asked how long such a scenario might take to unfold, Perry said it “depends on how fast the Congress in Mexico works.”

    Rick Perry is not very bright ,but he sure has one heck of a political machine . BIG ENERGY .

    He could sell you Enron stock with a smile !

    Scott Walker / Rick Perry
    Big issues made so simple it hurts 2016

    November 21, 2013 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  13. rss

    illegal immgration should never be awared citizenship....its like praising a bank robber

    November 21, 2013 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  14. Marie MD

    Oops, this guy again?

    November 21, 2013 07:28 am at 7:28 am |