Skip to comments.Rick Perry Stands By Texas DREAM Act
Posted on 08/15/2011 10:51:41 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears
In sharp contrast to the national Republican Party line, Texas Gov. Rick Perry still supports his state's version of the so-called DREAM Act, which permits foreign-born children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state college tuition. "To punish these young Texans for their parents' actions is not what America has always been about," the potential dark horse GOP candidate told the New Hampshire Union Leader in his first New Hampshire interview of the 2012 campaign cycle.
Perry has not yet announced whether he will run for president, but he polls well. Real Clear Politics's average of polls, for example, puts him in fourth place behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Michele Bachmann, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who is also undeclared. Perry opposes passing such legislation on the federal level, but his stance on immigration could tarnish his star among conservatives, who have fought efforts in other states and the U.S. Congress to pass similar legislation. Critics see such laws as a giveaway to people who have broken the law and unfair to American citizens who have to pay out-of-state tuition to attend universities across state lines.
Rick Perry's own words:
We dont care where you come from, but where you are going, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get there. And that vision must include the children of undocumented workers. Thats why Texas took the national lead in allowing such deserving young minds to attend a Texas college at a resident rate
He wants taxpayers to finance the education of the children of illegals, let them fill our classrooms and use up our resources, and even go so far as to let them go to our universities so they can take away the jobs of Americans...
All because its not fair that they should have to suffer. Sounds like quite an incentive for more illegals to pour over the borders.
As a compassionate state, we know that for our children to succeed, they must not only be healthy, but educated.
The future leaders of our two nations are learning their fractions and their ABCs in classrooms all along this border. Immigrants from around the world are being taught in Texas classrooms, and our history is rich with examples of new citizens who have made great contributions.
We must say to everyTexas child learning in a Texas classroom, we dont care where you come from, but where you are going, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get there. And that vision must include the children of undocumented workers.
Thats why Texas took the national lead in allowing such deserving young minds to attend a Texas college at a resident rate. Those young minds are a part of a new generation of leaders, the doors of higher education must be open to them. The message is simple: educacion es el futuro, y si se puede.
It is my understanding any kid who attends Texas pblic schools for 3 years gets in-state tuition if admitted to a state university?
If based on this issue you don’t want to vote for someone who thinks kids of undocumented parents should be treated the same way, in hopes the kids will become educated higher earning future taxpayers, then don’t vote for Governor Perry.
You will have other choices
“To punish these young Texans for their parents’ actions...”
No, Rick. The point is that we should NOT REWARD children for their parents’ unlawful acts. Otherwise, we incent the parents to commit those unlawful acts.
No, let me go on record as saying I believe U.S. citizenship means something, and that breaking our laws should not be rewarded.
Especially at the expense of American citizens.
Sorry you disagree.
What candidate has other views on this subject?
They all seem as squishy as Bush and McCain...
Why do all the politicians care more about jobs for Mexican citizens than American citizens?
I’ll let you do your own homework. I’m just presenting the facts. ;-)
Really, I’m still trying to figure out who the perfect candidate would be.
Agreed. We may have to hold our noses, bend over and take it to get rid of Obama.
But let’s not be so naive as to believe Rick Perry is what he claims to be.
Me too. Please see post #12
Sarah Palin is a presidential contender who has been firm and consistent in her support for Governor Brewer’s fight against illegal immigration in Arizona.
He’s dreaming if he thinks I’ll support another Jorge Bush or Juan McCain.
That is my question also.
What candidate is willing...
to build the fence?
to put armed soldiers on the fence?
to shoot the trespassers, the pregnant women, the kids?
Assuming they don't commit violent criminal acts, no politician is going to deport them
Not Sarah Palin, Not Ron Paul, NO ONE
So Governor Perry had to make a choice
As for the expense of the American citizens...Texans are going to pay for the choices of these parents, one way or another
We are going to be on the hook for welfare to low paid or jobless youth, or on the hook for state-rate college tuition for those who qualify to go to college (presumably the brightest and most motivated)
decisions decisions, which works better for Texas and our country in the long run?
I have to agree with the governor, to include these kids with every other 3 yr student at a Texas school, including plenty of kids whose American parents are bums, druggies and winos
I promise. I won’t vote for him.
It looks exactly like Rick Perry is part of the problem, not the solution!
This is an issue that crosses party lines and is a BIG DEAL.
This could be Babs speaking. Looking down your nose and TELLING THE AMERICANS WHAT THEY WILL HAVE TO ACCEPT! SCREW YOU BUDDY!
We as Americans were never asked if they wanted 1-10th of Mexico’s population! RULING-CLASS SCUM AND THEIR OPERATIVES!
Perry works for them!
This is a smart move for Perry and only confirms my support for him. The Hispanic vote will be crucial next year. Obama is losing the Hispanics and Perry is smart to try and win their support. Now if he picks Rubio as his VP, then there’s no stopping the GOP in Nov. ‘12.
All the DREAM Act will do is to encourage even more illegals to cross the border.
>We may have to hold our noses....<
Not if yiou jump off Rick Perry’s little red pickup truck right now and get behind a true American Conservative, Michelle Bachmann.
I will never hold my nose to vote again. it is time for the people of this country to come together to do the right thing for our own survival! NO MORE RINOs!
Bush II - warmed over lightly.
When Perry crashes and burns, expect the GOP establishment to pick Chris Christie and try and run him. But he is a much bigger target for conservative critics.
That’s why we need the federal government to secure the border.
There it is. Ive been screaming it from day one, RICK PERRY IS NOT A CONSERVATIVE AND IS NO GOOD!! If he won the election he would help pass amnesty for millions of illegals and hand this country right back to the dems, probably for good with all those new dem voters. People think it got bad quick with the dems in control, wait until they have control with NO chance of being voted out.
Very reasonable response - and Perry’s was a reasonable policy as well. Too bad both of you are catching so much flak.
Like that's ever going to happen.
So you're willing to surrender conservative principles, U.S. sovereignty and ignore the rule of law to pander for the Hispanic vote. All on the taxpayer dime. Duly noted. Can't enforce existing laws now, can we? /sarc
Spoken like a true RINO. You sound like Señor Jorge Bush.
A real heavyweight, too.
Rick Perry is a nanny state statist, unafraid to spend taxpayer money in support of illegals in return for political favor.
Please see post #36
I see no need for deportations. No one will support it because it seems cruel.
What I would do is enforce electronic document checks for new hires, and fine employers who hire illegals 50,000 dollars for each violation.
Employers would stop hiring illegals, and the illegals would self-deport. End of problem....
You really think Mexicans are going to hire coyotes to smuggle them across the desert so their kids can attend public school for 3 years to get a tuition break?
I used to be opposed to the Maryland DREAM act but on reading it, it makes sense to get behind this and use it to assimilate the next generation, rather than than perpetuate how the parents are living and whine about “It’s not FAAIIRRR ‘cause the parents did something illegal to get here....”
Especially when the kids of every American citizen druggie and junkie and 5th generation welfare mama in the state of Maryland are eligible for cheap community college, if they had the ambition and smarts to work for it
Sometimes life isn’t fair. So how do we make the best of it..
Conservatives ought to be giving these kids scholarship money for writing essays about America’s conservative heritage and the opportunities it creates
for them and their children
Exactly. But we have people who would rather eliminate our borders (aka U.S. Sovereignty) than enforce the law, all for short-term political gain.
What’s alarming is that some FReepers are on board with the sell-out, cheering it on, and claiming it is somehow “honorable” and “a smart move.” Un. Frickin. Believable.
A nation without borders is not a nation.
a worker registration system could also address this problem of chaos and lack of any rational and coherent respect for law and order
I think this is part of the solution a conservative administration will try to bring about
Having a better economy and a renewed pride in American exceptionalism can only help. and Screw La Raza!
I don't care where they come from, just how. Legally or illegally, there is a difference.
And that vision must include the children of undocumented workers.
Not at my expense. Get your corporate buddys to pay the bill, not me.
I'm sure the Perrybots will be along to tell us why this is ok......
True but we don’t need states bending over backwards to find even more ways to spend money on illegals.
>>I’m sure the Perrybots will be along to tell us why this is ok...... <<
Oh, they’re already here. No matter how much the issue goes against U.S. sovereignty, the constitution or the rule of law, some knucklehead will come out of the woodwork to defend it. It never fails.
It’s not what he says, it what he does.
>>Not at my expense. Get your corporate buddys to pay the bill, not me.<<
YES! My question to all the Perrybots defending this: doesn’t this ENCOURAGE more illegal immigration? Why wouldn’t this give Mexicans even more incentive to come here in bigger droves than they already are?
Grow a brain, people!
Unfortunately it is belivable. Had you been around here in 2006 thru 2008 you would have read the same comments from numerous FReepers defending Bush and McCain on their push for immigration reform legislation.