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Rick Perry's Immigration Flip-Flop
It's not everyday a politician makes a remark as scandalous and
inflammatory as our Governor Rick Perry did on August 29, when he
was in Mexico for trade talks. The Republican let slip this beauty:
"I don't think this is that difficult an issue if Congress would
have the maturity to sit down and really discuss it and cut out all
the mean rhetoric," said Perry.
Now, looking at this statement without the advantage of knowing
what issue Perry is talking about would be quite difficult and you
wouldn't be able to automatically discern what exactly the "mean
Here's a hint though, as there is one key word in the opening
paragraph that serves as the catalyst for these remarks: Mexico.
Our Republican governor was discussing immigration, easily the most
contentious issue currently being debated in America today. But he
wasn't addressing an American crowd, but was venting his thoughts
on the issue in Mexico City, shortly before he was to meet with
Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who himself is lobbying on the
behalf of his people for the right to colonize our country.
Perry continued his diatribe in Mexico City by criticizing the
United States Congress for failing to pass the comprehensive
immigration bill early this year that would have legalized tens of
millions of workers in our country.
This is truly mind-boggling, but typical of a Republican in such a
high office as Perry. First, Perry shows an utter contempt for the
Texas population and American population who were overwhelming
against President Bush's immigration proposal that was shot down in
July of this year by the U.S. Senate.
Secondly, Perry spoke these words in Mexico City, the citadel of
the effort to remake the United States in Mexico's image.
Truthfully, though, the home-base of the effort to permanently
alter the United States is in Washington D.C., where our
duplicitous elected officials have worked to undermine American
laws and grant amnesty to illegal aliens residing in our country.
If not for the wave of righteous indignation that arose across the
country in April, May, June and July against President Bush and the
Republican/Democrats who wanted to grant amnesty, Governor Perry
would have gotten his wish.
Perry would go on to say:
"We need those individuals to continue to grow our economy," he
said of Texas' undocumented workers, most of whom hail from Mexico.
"The vast, vast majority of those individuals want to come and work
and take care of their families."
This type of statement is silly and indicative of the lunacy of the
pro-immigration, amnesty supporters in the debate. You always hear
and read how America's economy is improved by illegal immigrants
and how the immigrants are only coming to America to better their
Well, Governor Perry, despite the mountains of evidence that run
counter to your argument - which will be dissected in a later
column - the question to you is simply this: What does your
statement mean to the average American family, struggling to get by
due to depressed wages and the availability of cheaper workers? Are
immigrants actually improving the life of Americans?
Perry also said:
"We know how to deal with border security, and you don't do it by
building a fence,"
"Part of the reason for the shrillness of the debate over
immigration, he said, was that media have given a "megaphone ... to
people to say mean and nasty things."
How exactly Perry believes the United States knows how to deal with
border security is never answered. What we do know is that our
borders are still wide open and that a fence is still nowhere near
being built, which would, of course, work to deter illegal
immigrants from entering the U.S.
Perry believes the best way to deal with border security is to
simply do away with the U.S./Mexican border, and allow the free
migration of migrant workers to flow without any sign of stopping.
Perry is the one who has been given the megaphone in this instance,
and he is the one saying mean things - to those of us who believe
the laws of our land should be upheld.
Simply put, these comments from Perry show that we as Texans must
work together to do something about our border security, if our
elected officials won't. We must alert our state representatives
about our dissatisfaction with Perry over this issue and should
also tell the Governor that we aren't happy with his remarks in
Flood Perry's office with calls, e-mails and faxes letting him now
your thoughts on the issue and telling him that we must have a
fence to stop the illegal alien flow and also that pro-illegal
alien rhetoric is no longer going to be tolerated.
Contact Information for Rick Perry:
Email Form: Office of the Governor - Rick Perry - Contact
Fax: (512) 463-1849
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