Perry’s weakness (Illegal Immigration)
Mailbag: Perry’s weakness

Posted: Saturday, September 24, 2011 8:45 am | No Comments Posted

Hasso Hering’s Sept. 14 editorial, “Perry did not warrant boos,” bemoaned Texas Governor Rick Perry being booed by an audience at a Republican presidential candidate debate without addressing Perry’s perceived weaknesses on illegal immigration and jobs.

The anti-illegal immigration organization NumbersUSA ranks all Presidential primary candidates on a grading scale of A to F. The organization gave Governor Perry a “D-” for his historically weak leadership on issues pertaining to illegal immigration.

In 2001, Governor Perry signed into law legislation (the Texas Dream Act) giving in-state tuition to undocumented international students illegally present in the United States.

Perry giving in-state tuition to undocumented students has cost Texas taxpayers millions of dollars to underwrite the tuition of those students. Students participating in the Texas Dream Act, even after completing their education, can’t legally work in the country — even in Texas.

Governor Perry’s presidential primary campaign has touted the number of jobs created in Texas under the governor’s tenure.

Yet during a Jan. 14, 2010 gubernatorial election debate, Governor Perry revealed a real lack of concern for unemployed Texans when he stated “E-Verify would not make a hill of beans’ difference when it comes to what’s happening in America today.” According to a 2010 PEW Hispanic Center report, Texas was “number two” in undocumented workers in the country, 1.1 million workers, approximately 9 percent of Texas’ workforce.

Rick Perry pontificating that he is the only Republican presidential primary candidate that has created American jobs in a difficult recession (9.1 percent national unemployment rate) should trigger skepticism in Republican presidential primary voters. Primary voters should ask Perry the following pertinent two part question:

Governor Perry, during your tenure, how many jobs did you create that actually went to U.S. citizens in Texas. Furthermore, who did you educate to do those jobs?

David Olen Cross, Salem (Sept. 19)

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