Braddock: Would Perry Crack Down On Illegal Immigration As President?

AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – One of the most pressing issues for conservative Republican primary voters is illegal immigration.  It’s also an issue that could prove troublesome for Gov. Perry in his presidential bid.

The question of border security is something that has long been considered “red meat” for conservative grassroots activists whose support is crucial in Republican primaries.

Tea Party activists have questioned whether Gov. Perry is truly committed to cracking down on illegal immigrants and those who hire them in Texas.  Dallas Tea Party founder Ken Emanuelson and others have asked Perry to call lawmakers back to Austin for a second special session this year to address so-called “Sanctuary City” legislation.  If passed, it would prohibit police chiefs and sheriff’s from telling their officers they can’t enforce federal immigration laws.

There were multiple “anti-illegal immigration” bills filed during the legislature’s regular session this year.  None of them became law.

“They engaged in this kind of elaborate kabuki dance to make it look like they were all supporting it, when in fact they were working behind the scenes to kill it,” Emanuelson said.

Former immigration adviser to Gov. and President Bush, Charles Foster, said it’s true that lawmakers did do a “Texas two-step” around this issue.  There were backroom deals happening at the Capitol, he said, to ensure none of these “harsh” immigration bills would pass.  “It’s true and it’s good,” Foster said.  “They realized it was bad legislation to begin with.  At best, it would have been symbolic.”

Foster doubts Gov. Perry, who has talked tough on immigration in the past, will really be someone who would “crack down” on illegal immigrants.  “If he’s elected he would have to set aside that rhetoric and deal with the realities, rather than the soundbites,” Foster said.

Foster talks with KRLD’s Scott Braddock

Other parts of Gov. Perry’s record on immigration could be considered “mixed.”  He’s actively pushed the legislature to approve more funding for border sheriffs.  That helped propel him to re-election in 2006 when he faced 3 general election challengers.

To the disgust of many conservatives, he also signed the law that allows illegal immigrants to get in-state tuition for universities in Texas.  He defended that decision last year while running for re-election by saying the immigrants in question have lived here most of their lives and should be given a shot at being productive members of this society.

“To punish these young Texans for their parents’ actions is not what America has always been about,” Perry said.


One Comment

  1. noislamocommie says:

    Tx. Ruling-Class Immigration Enforcement Blocking:

  2. NiteNurse says:

    I am always puzzled when a politican yells out “SECURE THE BORDER AND WE’LL PUT AN END TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION!” It’s impossible to secure a border as long as the Mexican border. I have always thought that if we put stiff enough penalities in place for our citizens who employ illegals then the rate of illegals would slow down considerably. I also feel that laws should be changed that children born of illegal alien mothers should NOT be granted citizen status.

  3. Carol,AZ says:

    I have followed TX’s legal due porcess from AZ for the last two years for all isues on enforcment . Perry has a terrible record on this issue. AS a border state where 60% of all illegals enter through AZ we would never support Perry as our futrue President.
    New MX , our neighbor for both states with former Gov Richadrerson as an open border avocate was at least open ended about his stance.
    Now, New MX can’t even decide how to disallow thousands of illegals living there to get a drivers lic. or not.They are weak and disconnected .
    I realize that TX has very good law enforcement at the border . But the years of pandering to this issue and Sancturary status in all major cities throughout TX has to be the place to start.
    No, Gov. Perry you are not the man for this job even if TX thinks you are.

  4. M86 says:

    I live in Texas (Houston) and Perry says one thing and mean another. There’s no way he’s going to do enforcement-only policies if elected President. This is the guy that signed the Texas Dream Act into law for illegal aliens. This is the guy that said SB 1070 is “not the right direction for Texas.”

    This is the guy that praised the flow of illegal aliens from Mexico and calling them “young Texans” while the sent billions of dollars back to their country and draining our resources, welfare, overcrowding our schools, hospitals, you name it.

    The crimes by illegals and Mexicans? It’s almost a norm to see or hear on the news crimes by illegal aliens and Mexicans. You’d think blacks committing these crimes and turns illegals and Mexicans are the biggest criminal element in Texas. Yes, that is a fact! They make blacks look like saints in alot of criminal cases.

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  5. james rogers says:

    if the immigrant is illegally here ( no matter what age they were when they arrived) they need to be deported. the should not get education, welfare or any rewards for breaking the law.

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