Perry is for open borders,
Perry opposed Arizona's SB 1070 saying, "I have concerns with portions of the law passed in Arizona". Even if he didn't think it was 'right for Texas', when Obama and the left were attacking AZ over the issue conservatives sided with AZ, open borders Perry did not.
Rick Perry opposed Obamas stimulus plan but took billions in stimulus money to balance the Texas budget,
Perry was hand-picked by Karl Rove and is an establishment Republican.
He does not deserve the support of the conservative base.
The "big sin" he's associated with is a Texas dream law 10 years ago which passed with veto proof majorities. It was tightened in 2005 by unanimous consent of the legislature and a repeal bill never even made it out of committee this term. Here's an FR thread explaining the Texas dream law.
Perry's signed bills against human trafficking (HB 1372, 4008 & SB 11 of '07), on increased border security (probably the Rangers on the border he's mentioned; HB1 of '07), for tougher employer sanctions (HB 1196 of '07), on document fraud (HB 126 of '07) and signed Voter ID. Source: http://www.txcc.org/illegal-immigration & Reuters (Voter ID signing)
As he mentioned in the Waterloo, IA Q&A Sunday, he did send Rangers to the border: Texas governor sends Rangers to Mexico border (2009)
He also mentioned arial assets on the border:
He's not for amnesty or "pathway to citizenship" as a reward:
In A December 2006 editorial, Gov. Perry wrote: "I would rather know who is crossing our border legally to work instead of not knowing who is crossing our border illegally to work. A guest worker program that provides foreign workers with an ID removes the incentive for millions of people to illegally enter our country. It also adds those workers to our tax base, generates revenue for needed social services and it can be done without providing citizenship." and "Along with millions of Americans, I think it is wrong to reward those who broke our laws with citizenship ahead of those who have followed the law and are waiting to enter this country legally. And like millions of Americans I do not support amnesty." (Emphasis mine.)
He's a critic of E-Verify's lack of impact on Texas but it is used in thousands of Texas business although not required. However, Texas does require and use the I-9 "employment eligibility" forms which is where E-Verify is supposed to take its info. So in a real sense Texas already verifies eligibility, and under Perry it became harder on employers who violate the law and those who provide documents to defraud employers. Hutchison says Texas state doesn't use E-Verify to weed out undocumented workers applying for jobs (PolitiFact, 2010)
A mandatory E-Verify bill failed to pass the Texas legislature this year Business leaders say mandatory E-Verify plan would harm small businesses (2011)
Perry also got a ban on driver's licenses for illegals through too (SB 1). ID measure passed quietly, while sanctuary cities bill died noisily
A bill banning "sanctuary cities," added by Perry to the recent special session, passed the Senate but failed in the Texas House. Same story as above: ID measure passed quietly, while sanctuary cities bill died noisily
Gee. Look at that! Old open borders RINO Rick, Governor Goodhair. He's never done anything about illegal immigration or border control. /s