Wow. Gov. Romney was asked about immigration reform, and he talked about how we need to build a fence along the border (with the proper technology) and that we need to “turn the magnet off” to quit attracting so many people here. What was he talking about?
He has said that we need to crack down on employers that hire illegals, try to reduce federal aid to cities that try to skirt federal immigration laws, and quit giving such benefits to illegal immigrants — such as in-state tuition to illegal immigrants’ children.
How is this different from Gov. Perry?
Well, he gave in-state Texas tuition to the children of illegal immigrants, which you may not know. He has recently defended this decision, by saying “to punish these young Texans for their parents’ actions is not what America has always been about.”
This article by Tom Tancredo explains further. (I think he might be offended that Perry apparently accused him of being a racist for wanting immigration reform.)
He [Perry] spoke out last year against using E-Verify to prevent illegal immigrants from getting jobs as state employees, who get their paychecks from the taxpayers. He insisted it “would not make a hill of beans’ difference.”
Numbers USA, a group that supports immigration control, gives Perry a “D-“ for his positions supporting amnesty, open borders, and opposing border security.
Perry, in a speech in Mexico in 2007, said he supports completely open borders, calling for the “free flow of individuals between these two countries who want to work and want to be an asset to our country and to Mexico.”