Rick Perry’s Immigration Problem Isn’t Going Away
Romney came out in favor of a border fence, which the Secessionist opposes, and the others focused on his granting in-state tuition for the children of undocumented immigrants.
I just don’t see how the Secessionist becomes the Republican nominee in 2012 with talk like this.
PERRY: In the state of Texas, if you’ve been in the state of Texas for three years, if you’re working towards your college degree, and if you are working and pursuing citizenship in the state of Texas, you pay in-state tuition there.
And the bottom line is it doesn’t make any difference what the sound of your last name is. That is the American way. No matter how you got into that state, from the standpoint of your parents brought you there or what have you. And that’s what we’ve done in the state of Texas. And I’m proud that we are having those individuals be contributing members of our society rather than telling them, you go be on the government dole.
The audience booed him, despite his “government dole” pander. Bachmann’s already running ads about it.
Karl Rove and George W. Bush, two other Texas Republicans, were blindsided by the nativist rage they set off when they tried to do immigration reform. It pits the crazies vs. the corporatist GOP — and it’s a lose-lose for any Republican.