Top Immigration Headlines: September 2011
Immigration reform took center stage at a recent GOP presidential debate.
Rick Perry, a front-runner, was attacked by his competitors for his decision as governor of Texas to support favorable tuition rates for children of illegal immigrants, opening the room up to booing from his Tea Party supporters.
“If you say that we should not educate children who come into our state for no other reason than that they’ve been brought there through no fault of their own, I don’t think you have a heart,” Perry said. “We need to be educating these children because they will become a drag on our society.”
Here is a breakdown of the opinions about Perry’s performance across the nation and abroad.
Alana Rocha of Austin’s YNN News reported that Perry found himself defending his policy to provide in-state tuition to illegal immigrants in Texas at a recent GOP debate. But Hispanic voters say that Perry’s stance on border security and his new voter ID law could sway Hispanics away from Perry in 2012.
Stewart J. Lawrence writes in the Huffington Post that Perry’s stance on immigration is more moderate than his GOP competition. Lawrence cites Perry’s opposition to Arizona’s SB 1070, his opposition to the construction of a US-Mexico border fence and his defense of a Texas bill that gives illegal immigrants in-state tuition.
According to New York Times’ Michael D. Shear, Perry must “repair the damage that his immigration comments have created without leaving the impression that he is ready to flip-flop on the particular issue of tuition assistance for immigrant children.” One way to repair the damage is to focus on the benefits of educating illegal immigrants in Texas, so long as the other GOP candidates do not prevent him from reshaping the issue.
4. Rick Perry walks away from last night’s Republican debate looking less conservative and less like a winner
“Perry decisively lost the debate when it turned to illegal immigration,” said Tim Stanley in The Telegraph in the UK. Perry’s views on immigration left him looking like “another hack politician,” damaging his reputation with the right.
According to Robert Stacy McCain in The American Spectator, Perry’s debate performance may have “forfeited his lead” in the GOP race when he stood by his record of subsidizing immigrants’ college tuition. Due to this “weak showing,” Perry and Mitt Romney will probably be tied in the next national polls.