Sheriff Joe supported SB 1070. Rick Perry opposed it. I supported SB 1070 as well. But even though me and the Sheriff disagree with Perry over this, I still see more commonalities that we can agree on.
Rick Perry for President.
Perry supported AZ’s right to pass the legislation but said that there were some things in that bill that were not right for Texas. From what I’ve read his main beef with the law as written was that it opened up the local law enforcement officers up for civil lawsuits.
Perry did join with Arizona in the lawsuit to defend Arizona's right to pass that law though because Arizona thought it was in their best interest.
Just so you feel better about it, Perry did support SB1070.
Statement by Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Attorney Generals Amicus Brief in U.S. v. State of Arizona Case
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding Texas Attorney General Greg Abbotts amicus brief in the U.S. v. State of Arizona case:
All Americans should support todays actions by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and other state attorneys general in their efforts to uphold the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the right of states to provide for the public safety and security of their citizens.
The federal government has failed to secure our borders as drug activity and murder rates soar in many border communities. States are left with no choice. Until the federal government secures the border, I expect more states to legislate in an effort to protect their citizens.
Regardless of anyones feelings on the Arizona law, we must protect the 10th Amendment and right of states to legislate public safety to keep families and communities secure. I join Texas Attorney General Abbott in opposing the Obama Administrations effort to undermine the right of states to protect their citizens and govern themselves.