Perry's immigration policy is different than GOP rivals
September 13th, 2011
09:48 AM ET
10 years ago

Perry's immigration policy is different than GOP rivals

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry found himself standing apart from his GOP rivals on a pair of immigration issues during a CNN/Tea Party Debate in Tampa, Florida, Monday night.

Sounding more like a previous Texas governor who brought "compassionate conservatism" to the White House, Perry staunchly defended legislation he signed that aids the children of illegal immigrants even as the audience at the debate roundly disagreed.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Perry is doing what is realistic and pragmatic. Anyone who thinks that we can simply export people to a country of our choosing is living a fantasy. What happens when the country says they have never heard of the person? This is frequently the case because many of the illegal immigrants are not coming from cities. A substantial portion are people who are "off the radar" in their countries of origin because they live outside of urban areas, frequently in underdeveloped areas. In other words, they are people we would think of as tribes people or Indians.

    September 13, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. Twin

    No chances of winning without hispanic voters. The reality is that no hispanic will vote GOP because of their actions on the immigration issue.

    September 13, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Sounding more like a previous Texas governor who brought "compassionate conservatism" to the White House"

    So compassionate are GOPers that during the MSNBC debate, Huntsman actually had to lecture GOPers that they ought to keep in mind that immigrants actually ARE human. Apparently the audience still disagrees. I actually do extend my respect (on THIS issue) to Perry for doing the right thing in sticking up for a segment of society who had no control of where they would live or how they got here, and rather to sit on the government dole, chose to better themselves - giving thanks back to America.

    September 13, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Jim

    One of the few things I like about Perry.

    September 13, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. gt

    perry knows texas ... they are the one with the boarder not vermont....or a state thousands of miles away... this is a no win for either party... but we must keep the monster drug thugs out...mexico is a pathedic country who cant control drugs , crime or provide health care or jobs for its people... no one has a good answer for this problem...

    September 13, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. d

    yes perry is just so good about this issue...why you can have illegal people as maids or gardners in texas...that is what he thinks about them and their worth...pathetic we need the dream act!

    September 13, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. malabar

    @ Twin- hispanics have already voted for the GOP. you may hate them for it or believe they are as ignorant as the statement you just made, but such is life. deal

    September 13, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    twice now I have heard people in the crowds of these GOP Debates clap and cheer when it came to the death of other people. One was the big cheer of how many we have killed down here in Texas, the other when Ron Paul basically said he'd let that person die who chose not to have healthcare. So is this what the far right has come know the faction of our country that is supposed to be so religious? Sad if you ask me.

    September 13, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |