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!