Romney still hitting Perry on immigration

posted at 3:05 pm on November 4, 2011 by Tina Korbe

The Mitt Romney campaign recently launched its first paid attack on Rick Perry — a series of robo calls in Iowa, featuring the voice of Arizona border-county Sheriff Paul Babeau. In the call, Babeau brands Perry “part of the illegal immigration problem.” Not surprisingly, Babeau mentions Perry’s opposition to a border fence and support for in-state college tuition for the children of illegal immigrants as evidence of Perry’s troublesome positions on the issue.

Babeau doesn’t mention, however, that Perry also supports work visas for illegal immigrants — perhaps because Perry only recently prominently articulated that position:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry proposed the federal government should extend work visas allowing illegal immigrants to move freely between the U.S. and their home countries — but stressed that he opposes amnesty or a path to citizenship.

Perry said in an interview with CNN’s John King on Thursday that expectations that U.S. authorities are going to arrest and deport up to 15 million illegal immigrants isn’t realistic. He added, however, that other Republicans, including fellow Texan George W. Bush, went too far when they previously proposed an immigration overhaul that included a path to citizenship. …

“You can put a program into place in which these individuals can be identified, and work visas in which they can move back and forth between their countries but not to become United States citizens,” Perry said. “And I think that’s where McCain, that’s where Romney, that’s where even Bush went wrong when they talked about the issue that, `we’re going to give amnesty to these individuals,’ and people just said, `no, we’re not.”‘

That Romney has directly invested dollars to oppose Perry’s already problematic immigration positions underscores the fact that the former Massachusetts governor must still perceive Perry as his long-term rival, despite Herman Cain’s recent domination of both the polls and the news cycle.

Perry’s best attempts to revive his campaign have not yet seemed to catch on — and his early defense of his in-state tuition law was inelegant and clumsy, at best — but his positions on immigration really shouldn’t disqualify him from the GOP nomination. Taken in totality, they reflect a pragmatic approach that yet respects the rule of law. He recognizes securing the border — including with strategic fencing — as the necessary first step to a sound immigration policy and rejects amnesty as the ultimate sanction of illegal entry into the country, but also proposes policies that might enable the U.S. economy to legitimately benefit from the productivity of non-U.S. citizen workers.

At a time of high unemployment, that might not be a top concern. In fact, the top concern might be the opposite: How do we retain jobs for American workers? But support for in-state tuition or work visas can’t necessarily be held against Perry from a rule of law standpoint and, again, need not disqualify him for the nomination, especially in light of Romney’s equally squishy positions.


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The way Huckabee keeps defending Romney, Im thinking an endorsement is soon. Hes attacks Perry, has Romney on his show and is now defending him on abortion comparing him to Ronald Reagan. It took a while, but Im starting to like you Huckabee:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1111/67648.html

nswider on November 4, 2011 at 5:23 PM

g2825m

Given that you’re a naive mittens diehard, but of course, darling.

You want another neoconservative. You adore Obamalite.

I do not.

maverick muse on November 4, 2011 at 5:27 PM

g2825m on November 4, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Class.

maverick muse on November 4, 2011 at 5:30 PM

maverick muse on November 4, 2011 at 5:30 PM

hahahaha I love that movie!

Seriously go click on the links I posted earlier and read Romney’s speeches. These are what we want to see out of ALL our candidates. The thing is Romney can do it without teleprompters. ;o)

Good nite all! its 204am

g2825m on November 4, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Does anyone here see the irony of Mitt “we can’t have illegals for Pete’s Sake, I’m running for office” attacking another candidate over illegal immigration? So far as we know, he’s the only one here that’s ever had illegals doing work for him, and he let it go on for quite some time until he finally perceived it as a threat to his electoral chances. Only then did he flip his position … which he’s done on about 8 million other issues as well.

How anyone can defend this soulless plastic Ken doll on any issue is beyond me.

thirteen28 on November 4, 2011 at 6:20 PM

thirteen28 on November 4, 2011 at 6:20 PM

That comment my Romney was pandering to the Hispanic vote.

csdeven on November 4, 2011 at 6:35 PM

The way Huckabee keeps defending Romney, Im thinking an endorsement is soon. Hes attacks Perry, has Romney on his show and is now defending him on abortion comparing him to Ronald Reagan. It took a while, but Im starting to like you Huckabee:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1111/67648.html

nswider on November 4, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Huck is a sleeper VP pick for Romney.

swamp_yankee on November 4, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Perry’s oped in the Washington Times was good today. It’s on his site if anybody is interested in finding it.

Not linking as I’m not in the mood to provide “material” to non-Perry supporters.

gophergirl on November 4, 2011 at 3:14 PM

If the oped was good but you don’t want non-Perry supporters to read it, then, seeing as Perry is trailing, he should drop out now, right?
As he won’t get any more votes if you don’t want people who don’t support him to read a “good” article.

I don’t understand what you’re saying.

cane_loader on November 4, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Tell that to American citizens who are being terrorized by the illegals day and night, along the border and quite a ways in.

whatcat on November 4, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Maybe the Federal Government needs to do its job, and secure our borders.

tmontgomery on November 4, 2011 at 9:20 PM

If the oped was good but you don’t want non-Perry supporters to read it, then, seeing as Perry is trailing, he should drop out now, right?
As he won’t get any more votes if you don’t want people who don’t support him to read a “good” article.

I don’t understand what you’re saying.

cane_loader on November 4, 2011 at 8:36 PM

To be honest – I don’t even know what I meant when I posted it.

gophergirl on November 4, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Maybe the Federal Government needs to do its job, and secure our borders.

tmontgomery on November 4, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Hey – you said a couple of days ago that you visit some more pro Perry boards. If you feel comfortable – do you mind sharing a few?

Thanks!

gophergirl on November 4, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Cost of in state tuition for illegals since it first started? 35 million dollars

Cost of Romneycare? ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm

conservador on November 4, 2011 at 3:57 PM

The law does not give tuition to these kids. It gives in-state rates so there is $0.00 cost to the state.

tmontgomery on November 4, 2011 at 10:30 PM

gophergirl on November 4, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Red State is good. I usually run into a Yahoo News group that is pretty pro-Perry.

tmontgomery on November 5, 2011 at 12:15 AM

Tell that to American citizens who are being terrorized by the illegals day and night, along the border and quite a ways in.
whatcat on November 4, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Maybe the Federal Government needs to do its job, and secure our borders.
tmontgomery on November 4, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Perry has said here that he is against the existing law on deportation – nobody could reasonably expect him to enforce any law designed to keep illegals out. As far as Perry (in specific) goes, the Federal laws are moot.

whatcat on November 5, 2011 at 1:48 AM

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