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September 13, 2011

Perry’s immigration policy is different than GOP rivals

By Rachel Streitfeld, CNN

September 13, 2011 1:09 a.m. EDT

(CNN) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry found himself standing apart from his GOP rivals on a pair of immigration issues during a CNN/Tea Party Debate in Tampa, Florida, Monday night.

Sounding more like a previous Texas governor who brought “compassionate conservatism” to the White House, Perry staunchly defended legislation he signed that aids the children of illegal immigrants even as the audience at the debate roundly disagreed.

The Texas governor was asked about a measure he approved in 2001 that grants in-state tuition rates and financial aid to the children of illegal immigrants.

“The bottom line is it doesn’t make any difference what the sound of your last name is. That is the American way,” Perry said. “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.”

Several people in the audience of tea party activists booed Perry’s support of that policy, which is anathema to hard-line conservatives. They argue it provides an incentive for immigrants to enter the country illegally. Perry said he did not favor amnesty for illegal immigrants.

“The American way is not to give taxpayer subsidized benefits to people who have broken our laws or who are here in the United States illegally,” said Rep. Michele Bachmann, who used the opportunity to tout her conservative credentials. Perry has overshadowed her campaign since entering the race last month

Perry also made waves when he said the key to securing the border would be to deploy enough “boots on the ground,” which he contended the federal government had failed to do.

Several of his opponents disagreed, arguing that the correct approach to tamp down illegal immigration would be to build a border fence between the United States and Mexico.

Perry has called the notion — especially in rural areas — “preposterous” and, at the debate, asserted his authority as the candidate with the most experience dealing with border security and immigration issues.

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  1. September 13, 2011 12:01 PM

    HIRING ILLEGAL ALIENS MUST COME TO AN END, OR FACE HARSH CONSEQUENCES!
    A women from Caribbean who procured a deceased child’s Social Security number, is just one of the hundreds of thousands that are stolen every year. Any private investigator or researcher can explain that obituaries can glean a new identity, by searching for young children who have recently died or were in an unfortunate accident or brought down by illness. A researcher can go to any rural newspaper, which publishes those deceased columns, near to their age and get the basic material to acquire the personal details of that individual and take on that identity. Annually the American people are finding their credit compromised by criminal illegal aliens or nefarious individuals.

    There is a billion dollar business with the protection of Citizen or green card possessor, but even so hundreds of people have found their credit crippled or even the theft of the equity in their homes. The majority of illegal aliens make up their own number, but the criminal element or the temptation is already there to steal somebody’s person information. In 1999 I found myself in the same predicament, when I was at a car dealership, finding that my Social Security was being used by 3 other people. I contacted the Social Security telling them a person unknown to me, was employed at a San Antonio, Texas Security company using my name and SSN. That said, I never heard any word about the crime of any of these three people. Like so many other people, I informed the police, and then began the long road back to reviving my good credit.

    This escalation of foreign nationals and other criminals stealing people’s identity, the federal government should assess issuing a mandatory official picture Identity card to every American. The cost would be a worthwhile causing to halt the theft of people’s personal details, even if it the final tally was a billion dollars to pay for it? This personal ID card could be used for voting (that has been badly compromised by the Liberals and Democrats that seem unconcerned of illegal aliens voting) Illegal immigration has effected every bodies life, including jobs, the economy of 113 billions of dollars hemorrhaging from both federal and state treasuries. In fact another Amnesty that both sides are pushing Congress for, would be 2.5 trillion dollars from your pockets in taxes.

    IT IS TIME FOR AN OFFICIAL ID CARD, WHICH CAN BE CROSS-REFERENCED WITH OTHER ID SUCH AS A DRIVERS LICENSE, MILITARY, STATE OR EVEN A PASSPORT.

    If you come to America unlawfully; it should be punished as a felony. This is absolutely ludicrous that foreigners can steal not only your credit, but the equity in your home as well. Even small businesses are not exempt from theft, finding ways to promote credit lines and then disappearing into the streets. No new laws to aid the US population will be enacted by the GOP establishment or any Liberal or Democratic politician. The TEA PARTY leadership will stand firm against the Rick Perry, Mitt Romney or any other Presidential precursor for the White House. Either man has a failing grade in stopping the invasion of illegal immigrants from across the globe. Perry specifically, as in his earlier speeches advised the Texas legislators to pass another amnesty as well as taxpayer paid tuition for the children of illegal aliens; another State Dream Act. Only Michele Bachmann has the highest grade on NumbersUSA website.

    President Obama directed his job speech on repairing the infrastructure across America. Highways and bridges specifically! The Use of—MANDATORY—E-Verify would ensure most construction jobs went to Americans. Contractors and subcontractors have ruined the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of small businesses. They have been the worst offenders of replacing US citizens and legal residents, with underpaid foreign nationals. No jobs are sacred anymore, as cheaper labor has replace lower income Blacks, Hispanics and whites as anything from Janitors, plumbers to blue collar hire, especially in Unions. Many illegal aliens have graduated for light manufacturing, to working in middle management. THIS IS VERY WRONG AND MUST BE ENDED.

    No business will be exempt from observing the immigration law of 1986, which will be punished by the full extent of the law. Amnesties will be a thing of the past and entry into the United States, will be with the permission of the people. Dream Acts or Sanctuary cities will be none existent under the elected government of the TEA PARTY. The 20 million plus living here through unlawful entrance will eventually be caught and deported.

    As a second urgent point the Rep. Lamar Smith E-VERIFY BILL TO BE ‘ON THE TABLE’ IN JUDICIARY COMMITTEE THIS THURSDAY, PLEASE PHONE YOUR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE ON THE COMMITTEE. THERE ARE OVER 14 AMERICANS JOBLESS AND THE PUBLIC WHO BELIEVE THAT IT’S TIME TO EJECT ILLEGAL WORKERS FROM THE JOB MARKET.

    It is finally happening! A mandatory E-Verify bill is moving through committee. We can see this into law THIS FALL — if we push hard enough. Go to NUMBERSUSA to phone and insist on this bill be passed.

    Legislation is finally moving through committee (a) to mandate E-Verify nationally, (b) to take away the ability of illegal aliens to use stolen identities to steal American jobs, (c) and to begin opening up hundreds of thousands of construction, manufacturing and service jobs for unemployed Americans.

    The “mark-up” (the process of considering amendments and voting out the bill) was announced to start Thursday morning.

    Now is the time to pour every bit of activism you can give to helping Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary understand why they must pass this bill.

    H.R. 2885
    New Bill Number for Lamar Smith’s “Legal Workforce Act”

    Since Rep. Smith (R-Texas) introduced this bill early in the year (as bill number H.R. 2164), he has gotten a lot of feedback and made enough changes to decide to re-introduce the bill under a different number.

    INCLUDES A NEW PROVISION TO HELP STATE AND LOCAL ENFORCEMENT OF IMMIGRATION LAWS

    All the basic elements that we’ve described in the past are still in the bill (despite huge efforts by powerful forces to water it down).

    But this bill has a wonderful addition.

    The bill creates an office within ICE Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), whose sole purpose is to respond to — and investigate — state and local governmental agency complaints about businesses hiring and/or employing illegal immigrants.

    This new office is required to respond within five business days of the filing of the complaint.

    Attorneys General, prosecutors and other state and local officials who believe they see a pattern of a business employing illegal aliens will have a direct line to ICE with a guarantee of rapid response. As these complaints will be a matter of public record, failure of ICE to obey the law will provide direct evidence for congressional hearings into Administration misfeasance.

    Fortunately, another office of this type that has been operating as a complaint desk on another immigration matter has a reported high degree of compliance by the feds and satisfaction by state and local officials.

    Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Major forces have attempted to get him to keep postponing the moving of this bill. We had campaigned hard to get a vote in committee before the August recess. We are ecstatic that Chairman Smith has made this bill such a priority and are moving this so soon after Labor Day.

    202-224-3121
    Capitol Switchboard

    Go to the Heritage Foundation website, NumbersUSA or Judicial Watch and read for the dollar figures that will turn your stomach sour. Discover information at American Patrol, the Liberals and Democrats want to keep concealed.

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