My own observations and comments about Gov. Perry and my state of Texas which shares a 1250 mile border with Mexico:
We've been dealt a hand here in Texas (and if you've read my threads you know much of this) where we have a federal government that has not answered the call to protect the 1250 border miles Texas shares with Mexico. Gov. Perry does not believe a fence is the answer to illegals crossing the U.S.-Mexican border. He believes conservative ascendancy will. So we do the best with what we have ($100M/yr of our own state money put up to help secure an international border). We have a lot of crime to combat and pay for because of the illegal activity (drugs, human smuggling and trafficking) generated by an unsecured international border.
We can't refuse to educate or give health care, as everyone in every state is faced with the same situation, but since Perry is a border gov, he's held responsible for illegal aliens, where everyone vents their frustration about the problem using him as a whipping boy (and to make political points and take pot shots). Perry's asked for drones (went to Israel and asked how they protect Gaza Strip), has asked for 3000 people here on the TX border (crickets). Perry has set up an elite Texas Ranger unit to work on the border. Then we find out the Feds have been "running guns" across the border and we've had people killed because of that.
The Texas Dream Act was set up because we have a lot of kids here from the way the feds have allowed this to snowball. Students who have been in Texas for 3 years and graduated from a Texas high school get instate tuition (no benefits -- they pay their way) The entire Texas Senate voted for this in 2001. (The Texas Dream Act does NOT have all the hidden goodies the U.S. Congress "Dream Act" was trying to get into law.)
Perry has said: If you show up illegally, without your card or youre here as a criminal element, Im for throwing the book at those folks, but the issue of people who want to legally, thoughtfully and appropriately come to America to work and help us build our economy we should quickly come up with a program and an identification card to do that.
The Texas legislature meets every 2 years for 140 days and the governor is allowed to call Special Sessions. He called a Special Session because he had put "sanctuary cities" on the agenda and the legislature dropped the ball -- but the Senate and then the House left again -- giving Gov. Perry nothing to sign (Texas legislators also have elections they'll be facing and no doubt didn't want a vote on this shadowing their re-election bids).
In this just ended session, after about 3 tries to slip it into a bill, a law that required people to show their birth certificate to get a drivers license got through [The amendment, added by Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, to the education funding bill legislators needed to balance the state budget had originally been included in Senate Bill 9, the so-called "sanctuary cities" bill that failed in the special session. It also had appeared in an omnibus homeland security bill by Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, that died in the regular session......By putting it into law the state potentially undermines an ongoing lawsuit that argues DPS doesn't have authority to check legal status.]. However, the ink on that law was barely dry before it was overturned by a judge as usual.
In this last Texas Legislative session Gov. Perry signed the Texas Photo ID Voting Law -- it took 6 years to get it through -- Only 6 states have a PHOTO Voter ID requirement.
Texas has a long history with Mexico and being "Mexican" does not mean that you aren't an American, or a Texan. A lot of Texans have Mexican heritage or are married to someone who does. Perry doesn't lead with his chin. He's a thoughtful man.
Rick Perry is as ready to fix this as anyone and understands it probably better than anyone running -- or commenting anonymously on a chat site.
Because he's a good source of protein?
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[ Why Rick Perry is Good for Hispanics ]
BECAUSE hes NOT good for Americans.. only marginally better than Romney..
I see I will have no regrets writing in Tancredo.
If Perry could get a slightly higher percentage of the Hispanic vote than say other (R) candidates, it might have a profound impact on whether Obama is reelected.
Case in point: Nevada
And if you are here LEGALLY, we are very happy to have you!
I give up. Why?
The tens of millions of people who came to the U.S. since 1965 did so without any of the hardships and background of the 13 generations of my family who landed on these shores in rickety wooden ships 300 years ago.
Why should people who have nothing to do with our people and land be allowed to simply walk in and take over? Why should we be compelled to accept their rule?
In a democracy the people rule through their vote. When did we vote to become a minority ruled by the descendants of the Aztecs?
All of your arguments are simply limp rationalizations for surrender to a determined and aggressive invading populace of a foreign and hostile nation. Period. And that is all that Mr. Perry is: an appeaser who characterizes his submission as "compassion".
That is Liberalism in its worst form.
And that's what your governor is: a liberal social climber who plans to hand over the hard won territory and wealth of the Americans to a self designated victim class - the people of the enemy nation known as Mexico - in the hope of getting them to use their ill gotten vote to place himself in power.
No damn different from Obama or any other America hating leftist.
The salvation of America will be good for everyone that lives in America.
Vote for Rick Perry, because he ain’t as bad as Obama, and he’s one of us!
He’ll also pander to a demographic comprised of the families of Illegal Immigrants.
Nevermind the other candidates who are much more rock-solid conservatives!
Rick Perry is just good enough.
>>We can’t refuse to educate or give health care...”
(If those are your actual beliefs, you are NOT a conservative.)
¡Si Se Puede! Yes We Can!
The hispanic Americans I personally know are as American as anglo Americans. They are from families who have been in Texas for generations. To those who senselessly parrot that, well, at some point their ancestors came across illegally, I say, you don’t know much, do you?
The border hasn’t always been “regulated”. Historically people came and went across it, and there was not a law saying that crossing the border for whatever purpose was illegal. So at some point back then, many who lived in Mexico came north and simply “moved to Texas”.
It is their decendants that I’m referring to when I say hispanic Americans who are as legal as anglos and every bit as American.
But when you read most of the posts, you’ll find not a hint nor a glimmer of this truth in them.
So you think posting an article praising bush2 by a guy who was a democrat (elected as a democrat) a few months ago and is a huge AMNESTY pusher is a good thing?
With supporters like you bush2 will be out of this race sooner than I thought!
Nine times more employed than what?
CW, how could you possibly think this is a good thing or that it would be fovorable to Rick Perry? I don’t want to have to press 1 for English when I call a public office. I don’t want to be REQUIRED to speak spanish in order to gain a new client. I don’t want my change in pesos. I don’t want any of that crap. Why would you think that anyone EXCEPT hispanics would consider this favorable?
Perry is an open border Globalist that has the same immigration and border policy as Barry Soetoro.
It does not deal with his biggest failing as a governor and as a candidate: His pandering to the open borders/amnesty/La Raza Hispanic crowd. That strikes me as pretty undesirable.
If we don’t get rain soon, we may all have to pack up and move out of here.