Skip to comments.Perry: I shouldn’t have called people heartless for opposing in-state tuition for illegals
Posted on 09/28/2011 3:40:02 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Via Newsmax, skip to 5:25 for evidence that his wife was right when she told Iowans this morning that he’ll be better prepared for the next debate. He’s smoother this time, emphasizing that it’s a highly bipartisan position in Texas and notably avoiding any insinuations about how evil those wingnuts in his base are. (Also: No rambling about saving a pretzel for the gas jets.) He might also note at the next debate that he’s hardly alone among prominent Republicans in backing the idea:
In 2001, Perry signed the first state law in the country that allowed the children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates. Former Florida state Rep. Juan Zapata said the Texas law was “the model” for legislation that he repeatedlybut unsuccessfullypushed in his state. Two of his key allies then are now among the GOP’s most sought-after stars: [Jeb] Bush, the subject of perpetual draft movements to run for president, and his fellow Floridian, Sen. Marco Rubio, a sure bet for the GOP’s vice presidential shortlist in 2012.
I think that is a fair policy,” Bush said in an e-mail to National Journal on Tuesday, adding that the students who benefit from the tuition breaks find themselves in the United States through no fault of their own.”…
Rubio, the son of Cuban exiles, was the co-sponsor of such a bill in 2003 and 2004, before he became speaker of the Florida state House. Bush, whose wife was born and raised in Mexico and who speaks fluent Spanish, also championed the legislation…
In times of cutbacks, it would not be as high a priority as it would be in times of abundance,” [Bush] said. In the email, he also insisted he would have required “many years” residency in state for students to be eligible for the tuition breaks. The Texas law, as well the Florida proposals, had a three-year residency requirement.
Rubio was asked about in-state tuition for illegals in Florida a few weeks ago and argued that the bill he sponsored as a state legislator was narrow in scope, requiring a certain GPA to qualify for lower tuition rates. Okay, but in-state tuition for illegals in Texas ended up being pretty narrow too, applicable to just one percent of the state’s college students. If the defense is, “well, it might be bad policy but it doesn’t affect many people,” that ain’t much of a defense. Ace is worked up, meanwhile, that part of Perry’s damage control here is that he cares too darn much, but that’s no obstacle to primary success. Remember back during the 2006 immigration debate when McCain started throwing around analogies involving people riding in the “back of the bus”? He was “passionate” too, in the most demagogic way. He waltzed to the nomination.
Two clips for you here, the first of Perry’s chat with Newsmax and the second of Christie — who has his own troubles on immigration — taking a shot at tuition breaks for illegals last night.
My advice to His Rickness for the next debate:
Go out wearing only a loincloth and a cowboy hat.
We are one country, or we are not. Patriotism is still a virtue or it is not.
Give the guy a break and let him put on his boots first.
If it’s Obama or an open border RINO, I might punch a chad with reluctance.
But that’s it. They don’t get a dime, or a sticker on my car or yard.
After this election, I’m not sure Perry is going to be able to be re-elected to Gov of Texas
Too late Ricardo.
Ok, fine! :)
I don’t know who is begging Jeb Bush to be drafted, it certainly isn’t me.
As far as I am concerned Jeb Bush is anathema.
I have no use for him at all.
Catering to illegal aliens sends a terrible message to young people: break ours laws and you are entitled to special perks. It they would not get welfare, admission to schools, jobs, promise of citizenship, etc., many would not bother to come here and would leave.
Isn’t Perro Mexican for dog?
We in Texas know what he is like - a politician first and foremost.
Better than Romney, but not conservative enough.
Almst anything(Obama excluded) is better than someone who supports illegals invading our country and me having to pay them to be here.
“As far as I am concerned Jeb Bush is anathema.
I have no use for him at all.”
We have had two too many Bushes already - Jebv may be the best of the lot, but too bad - no more Bushes.
Something wrong with them, like the Kennedys
This guy is insane. I got into it with one person the other day who was saying “Well what should we do, deport 12 million illegals? That’s crazy”
My answer is HELL YES! kick them ALL the F OUT! How many people pass through airports everyday? That’s every DAY not YEAR.
The answer is 2 million.
People with liberal mentalities always mention illegal numbers as if they are huge when they aren’t.
12 million could EASILY be deported in less than a year, yet we do not do it because of these fear factor statistics liberals always spew out.
Put it this way; Would you deport 12 million murderers and rapists? Yes? Well how do you know illegals aren’t THAT? Trust?
Ask these women if trust worked for them.........
You are right, Gov. Perry.
Now you should just STFU, go back to Austin and do the job that you promised that you would do. That’s what we are paying you for.
We’re NOT paying you to be the White Male version of Sheila Jackass-Lee. Got it?
Don’t look now, but it is the plan of the Establishment to draft another Bush into office! wE DON’T NEED NO MORE STINKN’ BUSHS!
....and a weedy one at that!
He was out of touch with the country like Romney, Bush and Rove. We can’t afford any more citizens of the world. We need an American concerned about the American people, American business, and American foreign policy for a change.
Political correctness will be the death of this society.
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