Skip to comments.Perry promotes his years of experience taking on illegal immigration, tries to blunt criticism
Posted on 10/01/2011 8:55:43 AM PDT by Clairity
His aides believe that his decade of experience as a border-state governor bolsters his credibility on immigration and border security.
He said he vetoed a Texas bill that would have given illegal immigrants driver's licenses, helped pass a bill requiring voter identification at the polls, spent $400 million on security measures to help secure the stateâs border with Mexico, and strongly opposed granting amnesty to people who illegally entered the United States.
"I'm a governor. I don't have the pleasure of standing on the stage and criticizing," Perry said. "I have to deal with these issues."
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
11 years as governor and yet Texas is one of three states with an INCREASE in the number of illegals.
I would guess that Perry has been responsible for the detainment of more illegal aliens than everyone on that stage combined.
Jim Gilchrist, now there’s a good endorsement.
Just think. If the Feds did their job and secured the Texas border, the Lone Star state would find the problems they’ve been having associated with illegal border crossings would subside in short order and for the most part, come to an end in no time.
Exactly — he has a record of securing the border, because the Feds don’t and he understands the problems of a border state, unlike all the rest of them put together, who are all talk, pandering to the GOP primary voters, without having a clue of what they are talking about.
Perry’s record on border security
There can be no homeland security without border security, and there can be no higher priority than protecting our citizens.
While our focus begins with preventing the worst of the violence currently raging in northern Mexico from spilling over into the United States, the violence is only part of the destruction that can result from a porous border. The free flow of drugs, weapons and people resulting from inadequate security can undercut economic development, education and trade. As such, they can hurt Texas families in every way imaginable, from loss of jobs to the loss of family members to addiction, imprisonment or death.
Border security is a federal responsibility but a Texas problem, and Texas has invested hundreds of millions of state dollars in efforts to support and supplement security forces already in place. Still, this is a problem that will only be solved with more federal accountability and involvement.
Â» Starting in 2005 with Operation Linebacker, the state has sought to provide funding, manpower and equipment to local law enforcement agencies operating along the Texas-Mexico border.
Â» The state’s latest operation, Border Star, builds on the successes of previous operations with unprecedented local, state and federal law enforcement coordination. With the assistance of the 80th and 81st Legislatures, the State of Texas has been able to appropriate more than $110 million each session to fund and amplify these efforts.
Â» In response to a rising tide of gang violence in Texas communities, the Governor allocated $4 million in criminal justice grants to cities across the state to increase patrols of gang hotspots. In 2009, Gov. Perry worked to secure more than $10 million in state funding for enhanced anti-gang efforts during the 2010-11 biennium.
Â» In September 2009, Gov. Perry announced the formation of highly-skilled Ranger Recon Teams â which include Texas Rangers, Texas National Guard Counterdrug forces, Highway Patrol and DPS Aviation assets â in order to address threats building in the unincorporated areas along the Texas-Mexico border.
Â» Since early 2009, Gov. Perry has repeatedly called on Washington to authorize the deployment of 1,000 Title 32 National Guard soldiers to the Texas-Mexico border to support border security operations currently underway. (see letter to President Obama, letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and request to Defense Secretary Gates)
Â» Gov. Perry has also recommended an expeditious deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles to provide real-time surveillance and intelligence to law enforcement on the ground.
All states with an INCREASE in the number of illegals thanks to congress.
Only congres can control the problem.
I think this article make it clear what can be done with a governor opposed to CODDLING Illegals...
“If the Feds did their job and secured the Texas border, the Lone Star state would find the problems theyâve been having associated with illegal border crossings would subside in short order and for the most part, come to an end in no time.”
And as President, Perry will make sure the Feds will secure the border. It is really amazing that people here who claim to be for border security, attack and try to knock out of the primary race Perry, the only one who really would secure the border. Makes you wonder what their real agenda is and I doubt it’s border security.
Oh, and that's why Texas is literally drowning in a sea of illegal aliens Mr Perry? Boy howdy, there seems to be no limit to how incredulous this political animal can become. Maybe they do grow some things in Texas bigger than life like Gov Perry's lies on illegal immigration.
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“His aides believe that his decade of experience as a border-state governor bolsters his credibility on immigration and border security.”
This is the kind of statement that enrages people. It is a useless statement, it means nothing, and makes no representation of REALITY. The reality is: the border is still open, they flood in every day, when they get here, into Texas, they get pandered to, so what has Perry done other than crow about spending lots of taxpayer money on the border and on college tuitions for ILLEGAL invaders of America??? Pure bull excrement!!! Keep tap-dancing Perry. You have RINO written all over you, and it won’t come off.
Texas can catch them (and we do, TONS) but then by law we have to hand them over to the feds, who then let them go.
Texas is not allowed by federal law to deport the illegals themselves, only Obama can.
Pay no attention to that 10 year Border State Governor, the one with a 1200 mile problem he has to wrestle with every day, with the Feds tying his hands while their hands are busy dropping the ball. He doesn’t have anything to offer on dealing with the subject of illegal immigration, or with the fallout on his state from the Feds dereliction. He doesn’t know anything or care about any of it. Pay no attention, pay no attention. Let’s listen to Mitt Romney, Chris Christie and...well, you know, anybody else but RP. /sarc
What Perry has done.
He said he vetoed a Texas bill that would have given illegal immigrants drivers licenses, helped pass a bill requiring voter identification at the polls, spent $400 million on security measures to help secure the states border with Mexico, and strongly opposed granting amnesty to people who illegally entered the United States.
Where's the liberal record? Do we really want another northeast blue blood Pub as our nominee?
With Perry I'm confident he will listen to the conservatives in the House and Senate and push that agenda. With Romney I am equally confident that he will find a way to make excuses why he can't pursue that agenda.
I agree, as President he can and will see realistic federal laws are enforced. He has the most experience in this area.
what has he done? he sent Texas rangers to the border which apprehend the illegals every day, then by law he hands them over to Obamas guys which release them.
What exactly is Perry suppose to do? shoot them? start a civil war with the federal government?
” He said he vetoed a Texas bill that would have given illegal immigrants drivers licenses,
helped pass a bill requiring voter identification at the polls,
spent $400 million on security measures to help secure the states border with Mexico,
and strongly opposed granting amnesty to people who illegally entered the United States.”
How can this be ?
Herman Cain said he couldn’t vote for Perry in the general because
he was “ soft “ on immigration.
Mitt says he’s a liberal on immigration.
If Perry had worded his response differently and highlighted again and
again and again what he has done to combat illegal immigration-
his foes ,
ie: the other potential nominees and the FOX News anchors
wouldn’t have been able
to Alinsky him.
But I'll settle for another chance to laugh at him.
“I have to deal with these issues.”
There are 150 commissioned Rangers in the entire state of Texas and they are by no means all on the border.
The media love a circus. It's great for ratings.
Please take a look at the field of candidates. Who is running with executive experience that can beat obama.
You're right, that's exactly what we don't want, another George Bush. Being from Connecticut, that's what he was and he gave us millions of illegals.
There's no reason to believe that Perry will be any different. He's against almost every effective measure to solve the problem, although he does talk a good game, just like Bush. But then if he actually made illegals leave as Alabama and Arizona are doing then cheap labor lovers and political donors such as Bob Perry might complain.
E-Verify and az style laws, along with fence, would make a difference.
Perry opposes common sense approaches to combat illegals.
Jose perry, run for pres of Mexico
Well it’s NOT because of the college tuition breaks and if you say it is, you are a heartless person that just doesn’t want to help people because they have a different sounding last name!
So if Cain is not the nominee, he is for...??
Is he for Obama over Perry, if Perry were nominated?
I say the evidence supports that he’s a Romney man. I just now saw where he endorsed Romney in 2008.
And by his statement, he would sit out the general or vote for a third party if Perry were to be our candidate...??
Something is wrong here...
Well everyone knows that Alabama is full of heartless bigots./s
Perry wants to secure the border, so illegals can’t get in. Then all the other measures are not necessary.
Conversely, you can use thousands of other measures, they are pretty much useless, if you don’t secure the border.
Perry wants to do the only effective measure: stop them at the border, by using surveillance and boots on the ground. He should be praised, not attacked for it.
Still nothing reassuring other than he plans on employing those educated illegals.
It’s easy for some people who have not been dealing with these problems to second guess the decisions of the people of Texas, their legislature and the Governor. Its also very easy for the other candidates to demagogue the issue in order to beat up on Gov Perry. I wonder what they would do if faced with the same choices that Texas faces as a border state. And I don’t mean what they may say through rhetorical statements made in the heat of a campaign.
Myth Romney is proving he’s as big a demagogue as our PreZero is.
“Well everyone knows that Alabama is full of heartless bigots./s”
Seems to be a very friendly place the few times that I’ve been there...
Where did you get that statistic?
Every state in the Union has had an increase in illegal immigration in the last 11 years.
Herman Cain knows about rebuilding an economy and is well spoken, intelligent; already a leader or he would not be in the "play-offs". I really don't what Cristie has really achieved to better NJ, like other newly elected Republican governors.
Letterman has already started with the "fat" jokes saying Christy will need to choose a Secretary of Cake. But how's the abs thingy photoshoot in Hawaii working for ya, one might reply? Clinton did not take care of his health til he was forced to, Bush is still mountain biking.
However, when you have a vibrant economy you will have more service jobs as there is more money to spend..you know the jobs Americans won't do because they can make out better on welfare programs.
The government hasn't won the war on drugs which impairs job performance--if Americans want to be users, then they in many cases they blindly support terror.
Illegal immigration bothers me on the health factor mostly..TB, other diseases once thought eradicated, now reappearing.
A "Useful" education is also needed to be job worthy.
Palin will not run. People need to realize anyone can beat Obama--there is no such thing as a perfect candidate, so Republicans need to relax.
“Boots on the ground” is a joke because they can be removed or juggled around with a snap of a finger. A permanent structure such as a fence guarded by border patrol is the only true effective solution along with cutting off benefits and the job magnet, all of which Perry opposes.
Perry did not help himself in the "debates" but the other thing is he is looking forward to the general election. Apparently, he has enough political savvy to know we need at least 30% of the Hispanic vote and at least 50% of the single "moderate" white women in order to win. The other candidates are just looking at the primaries and will say anything that benefits them now. However, in the general election they will be boxed into positions that will cost them key voting blocks.
Does anyone believe that a northeast blue blood is going to aggressively work to solve illegal immigration?
If Perry is so tough on border security.... as he proclaims, then why didn’t he do the following:
(1.)... Demand that Texas House Speaker Joe Straus “fast track” the sanctuary city bill through committee process to a house vote?
(2.)... Propose his own Arizona style immigration bill? He hid while Texas Reps Debbie Riddle and Leo Berman’s very tough immigration bills died in committee process.
Perry is a master at looking like he’s doing a lot on border security while ensuring that his big $$$$ GOP donors
have a steady supply of cheap labor illegals.
Jan Brewer ought to return his nuts. She’s carrying them around in her purse.
“I look forward to Perry’s clear, detailed, and persuaisive explanation of these accomplishments at the next debate.”
He’s going to open his mouth and sound worse that W.
You amnestybots just dont get it
Fence and e-verify work (and AZ style state laws).
Jose Perry opposes them.
He wants tax money for illegals.
Surveillance bs is just for the show
He insult conservatives. I’m sick of perry.
No more amnesty fools
This is not a two man race.
Perry is partially if not almost entirely responsible for the illegals in his state for the last 10 years.
The federal government is responsible for border security, but states can make it less hospitable for illegals, and Texas has been a hospitable state for illegals under both Bush and Perry, which is why it has massive amounts of illegals in the state and has turned the demographics of the state upside down.
Texas is more like California than it is like Arizona.
And the reason illegals love California is because California liberals have the welcome mat open for them.
If California was more like Arizona, it wouldn’t be as bad as it is now, same goes for Texas.
I don’t trust Perry on illegals. I think his instincts are to be like Bush and McCain, which is to supplicate to Mexicans and their illegal invasion.
I bet Perry’s first major policy push would be for amnesty.
I don’t say this because I hate Perry, but his record speaks for itself.
If we are going to elect another Bush like candidate for amnesty, we might as well elect Jeb, at least he is smart and can communicate in complete sentences.
I don’t think Slick Rick would enjoy it very much.
Then of course, there's this gem about the number of illegals getting in state tuition in Texas... guess what? It's rising too. Read the details closely and you'll find the are 'eligible for state aid', which is a fancy way of saying supporting illegals with taxpayer money.
You don't get rid of ants by spreading sugar, plain and simple.
Why don’t you ask your boy what the difference is between calling border fences ‘silly’, as he did in October 2009 in a debate with KBH versus his sudden support for ‘strategic border fences’.
You raise an interesting point. I would agree with you that the "patrician class" part of his character stopped him from aggressively pursuing solutions to illegal immigration, social security, and fannie/freddie. He did propose solutions to all these things and then backed off.
There's no reason to believe that Perry will be any different. He's against almost every effective measure to solve the problem, although he does talk a good game, just like Bush.
This is where being a "right fighter" and having absolute litmus tests gets in the way of getting solutions to problems. There are a couple key differences between Perry and Bush. Whereas Bush grew up in an elite environment Perry did not. Bush attended northeast prep schools and then an ivy league college. Perry did not. Environment does play a role in the development of a persons personality. I believe Perry is a bit tougher.
As far as the educating of illegals children I believe Perry did the right thing.
You wont’ believe how many people that ‘heartless’ comment has pissed off. Even the guy who owns the car wash I go to this morning made a sarcastic remark about him being ‘heartless’.
He pamders...as do most Texas pols looks like
I’m done with them for the near future
So am I. This country is in big trouble if it elects another illegal alien enabler. Perry talks a good phony game about "boots on the ground", which is why I pray he does not BS his way into the WH like Bush did.