Perry's bleeding heart attitude toward illegal immigration is no different than socialist democrats.
The Weekly Standard reports Perry’s comments during the September 22 debate:
…Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum all took shots at Rick Perry's record on illegal immigration. Bachmann said that Texas's law allowing in-state tuition for the children of illegal immigrants acted like a "magnet" for illegal immigrants. Perry's response was forceful and personal. "I don't think you have a heart," Perry told his critics.
"If you say that we should not educate children who come into our state for no other reason than that they've been brought their through no fault of their own, I don't think you have a heart," Perry said. "We need to be educating these children because they will become a drag on our society. I think that's what Texans wanted to do. Out of 181 members of the Texas legislature when this issue came up [there were] only four dissenting votes. This was a state issue. Texas voted on it. And I still support it today."
Hey, Perry, those kids don’t belong in this country. Their parents don’t belong in this country. Those are all nice warm fuzzy things you want to do, but they are the wrong things for the wrong situation at the wrong time! Your warm fuzzies should be reserved for US citizens, not for illegal aliens.
In the midst of recession with high unemployment, Perry’s desire to subsidize the education of illegal aliens has to be suicidal to his political success. Perry was reminded by the other candidates that illegals still have the opportunity to be educated – that is not being denied. They just need to pay the going rate – just like any out-of-state resident would need to do. If they are citizens of Mexico and not the United States, they are “out of state”, correcto mondo, Perry?
In truth, illegals shouldn’t have the right to even ATTEND any US school or college, never mind being subsidized to attend. Perry’s attitude gives a clear picture of the problem with our entire US illegal alien policy.
Perry ignores the truth expressed by other candidates that THE PARENTS, NOT THE STATE, are responsible for educating their children. The illegal alien parents of their children are responsible for their kids education. They created the awwwwful situation that would required their darlings to pay full tuition in great US colleges. Isn’t that a shame!
Perry’s “state-knows-all” attitude was also demonstrated in his “opt out” vesus “opt in” program that minimized parental discretion for innoculations. Perry believes it is the state’s obligation to not only educate illegal alien children, but to use US taxpayer money to subsidize their education. Yet he does not believe it is a state or even a federal government responsibility to attempt to physically secure the border as part of a program to reduce illegal immigration.
Perry is out of touch with the needs of this nation and the desires of the electorate. Other than these issues, I thought he gave a less than stellar performance at the debate.