Perry Doubles Down on Illegal Immigration, ‘Romney For President’ Releases New Video:

As Rick Perry doubles down on his illegal immigration stances, Romney for President has released a new video…

Boston, MA – Today, Romney for President released a new web video, “Thank You Governor Perry.” The video highlights Governor Perry’s support for in-state tuition benefits for illegal immigrants. This position is shared by Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Harry Reid, and President Obama, and in 2003, former Mexico President Vicente Fox praised Governor Perry for supporting in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.


Mitt Romney has a different view:

AD FACTS: Script For “Thank You Governor Perry”

VIDEO TEXT: “Who Supports Governor Perry’s Decision To Give In-State Tuition To Illegal Immigrants?”

VOICE: “Who Supports Governor Perry’s Decision To Give In-State Tuition To Illegal Immigrants?”

VIDEO TEXT: “Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid”

While serving in the Illinois Senate, President Obama sponsored legislation to “allow undocumented immigrant students to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.” “[T]he Senate voted 55-1 to allow undocumented immigrant students to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities. Currently, the undocumented students are required to pay out-of-state tuition even if they spend their entire education in Illinois schools. House Bill 60 would change that, allowing in-state tuition rates for undocumented students who have attended school in Illinois for at least three years and graduated high school in the state.” (Rich Frederick, “Senate OKs In-State Tuition Bill,” The State Journal-Register, 5/8/03; Illinois General Assembly Website, www.ilga.gov, 9/29/11)

Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, and Harry Reid support in-state tuition discounts for illegals.

In 2007, Senator Harry Reid supported a bill that “would have allowed illegal immigrants to become legal residents and qualify for lower in-state tuition rates at state universities.” “In late 2007, the Senate rejected an attempt to pass the Dream Act which would have allow illegal immigrants under age 30 to gain legal status if they attended college or joined the military. Fairness demanded action, said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, arguing that ‘children should not be penalized for the actions of their parents’ who brought them to the United States. But the bill would have allowed illegal immigrants to become legal residents and qualify for lower in-state tuition rates at state universities.” (Tom Curry, “Immigration Impasse Long In The Making,” NBC News, 7/29/10)

• “The Dream Act would allow students who have lived in the country since age 15 to apply for conditional legal residence… They would then be able to work and pay in-state college tuition rates. .” (Eddy Ramirez, “College Board Backs Bill To Legalize Undocumented Students,” USNews.com, 4/22/09)

Reid: “Children should not be penalized for the actions of their parents.” (Tom Curry, “An Immigration Impasse Long In The Making,” MSNBC.com, 7/29/10)

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi supports in-state tuition discounts for illegal immigrants, saying “Our country does not benefit by depriving our young people of an education.” “Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stopped in Tempe on Monday to tout congressional Democrats’ push to make college more affordable for young people, including those without legal residency. … Pelosi made reference to the effect of Proposition 300, an Arizona initiative passed by voters in November that requires illegal immigrants to pay out-of-state tuition to attend public universities and community colleges. Pelosi said she met with a young woman Monday who wants to attend college but lacks documentation proving legal residency. ‘Our country does not benefit by our depriving young people of an education,’ Pelosi said.” (Josh Kelley, “Pelosi Addresses College Cost,” The Arizona Republic, 2/20/07)

VIDEO TEXT: “Even”

Former President of Mexico Vincente Fox appreciates Rick Perry's in-state tuition discount for illegals.

FORMER PRESIDENT OF MEXICO VICENTE FOX: “I Want To Publicly Recognize Governor Perry And The State Of Texas By Having Taken That Step Forward

• Vicente Fox: “I want to publicly recognize Governor Perry and the state of Texas by having taken that step forward.” (Vicente Fox, Remarks, Austin, TX, 11/6/03)

Houston Chronicle: “Fox Praised Perry For Texas’ Policy Of Allowing Qualified Undocumented Migrants To … Pay The Same Tuition As Citizens And Legal Residents.” “Fox, Perry and their aides met behind closed doors Thursday morning to discuss policy issues and appeared at a joint news conference. Perry hosted Fox at a luncheon … Fox praised Perry for Texas’ policy of allowing qualified undocumented migrants to attend state universities and pay the same tuition as citizens and legal residents.” (Dudley Althaus and Armando Villafranca, “Fox, Perry Square Off Over Immigration, Water Issues,” The Houston Chronicle, 11/7/03)

FOX: “When You Decided To Give Access To Mexican Migrants To Universities In Texas

• Vicente Fox: “When you decided to give access to Mexican migrants to universities in Texas.” (Vicente Fox, Remarks, Austin, TX, 11/6/03)

RICK PERRY: “If you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they’ve been brought there by no fault of their own, I don’t think you have a heart.”

• Rick Perry: “If you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they’ve been brought there by no fault of their own, I don’t think you have a heart.” (Republican Presidential Candidates Debate, Orlando, FL, 9/22/11)

VIDEO TEXT: “Mitt Romney Has A Different View

MITT ROMNEY: “Four years of college, you’re almost $100,000 discount if you are an illegal alien to go to the University of Texas. If you are a United States citizen from any one of the other 49 states, you have to pay $100,000 more. That doesn’t make sense to me.”

• Mitt Romney: “Four years of college, you’re almost $100,000 discount if you are an illegal alien to go to the University of Texas. If you are a United States citizen from any one of the other 49 states, you have to pay $100,000 more. That doesn’t make sense to me.” (Republican Presidential Candidates Debate, Orlando, FL, 9/22/11)
(emphasis added )



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Illegal Immigration Imitation: The Rick Perry-Obama-O’Malley Plan, Romney Disagrees

Maryland Gov Martin O'Malley, Chairman of the Democratic Governors Assoc and Texas Gov Rick Perry, Chairman of the Republican Governors Association, agree on providing in-state tuition breaks for illegals. (AP photo/Alex Brandon Feb 25, 2011)


As Rick Perry visits Baltimore, Maryland today, will he thank Martin O’Malley (Democrat Governor of Maryland) for sharing his commitment to President Obama’s illegal immigration policies?

Earlier this month, Governor O’Malley “went out of his way to praise Governor Perry for supporting “in-state tuition breaks for illegal immigrants.”

“Republican-bashing was the order of the day when Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, spoke with reporters Thursday – except when it came to GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry and one of his Texas immigration policies. Governor O’Malley went out of his way to praise Governor Perry for supporting a 2001 Texas law that allows some illegal immigrants to attend college at in-state tuition rates.” (Dave Cook, “On Immigration, A Democrat Has Kind Words For GOP’s Rick Perry,” Christian Science Monitor, 9/15/11)

Governor O’Malley Signed Legislation Allowing Tuition Breaks For Illegal Immigrants In Maryland:

In May, Governor O’Malley signed legislation that would extend in-state tuition discounts to illegal immigrants. “Dozens of illegal immigrants celebrated Tuesday in Annapolis as Maryland officially made them eligible for tuition discounts at colleges and universities … Gov. Martin O’Malley made good on a long-standing promise to sign the controversial measure that extended in-state tuition rates … His action came the same day that President Barack Obama said he will renew a push for federal legislation that clears a citizenship path for illegal immigrants.” (Annie Linskey, “O’Malley Signs Tuition Break,” The Baltimore Sun, 5/11/11)

• “[Gov. Bob Ehrlich (R-MD)] Vetoed Legislation To Grant Illegal Immigrants In-State Tuition.” (Annie Linskey, “O’Malley, Ehrlich Differ On Illegal Immigrants,” The Baltimore Sun, 9/29/10)

Governor Perry Signed Legislation Allowing Tuition Breaks For Illegal Immigrants In Texas:

Governor Perry led the way as Texas became the first state in the nation to offer in-state tuition to illegal immigrants. “A bipartisan coalition in Texas pushed for new policies there, culminating in June (2001) when Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, signed a bill to make Texas the first state to offer undocumented immigrants in-state tuition.” (John Gehring, “Undocumented Grads To Get Tuition Breaks From Calif. Institutions,” Education Week, 10/31/01)

In 2001, Texas Became The First State In The Country To Pass An In-State Tuition Law. The Law Created A National Movement.” (Katherine Leal Unmuth, “Number Of Illegal Immigrants Getting In-State Tuition Rises,” The Dallas Morning News, 3/15/10)

Perry, on those who differ with his position: “I don’t think you have a heart.”

PERRY: “If you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they’ve been brought there by no fault of their own, I don’t think you have a heart. … I still support it greatly.” (Rick Perry, GOP Presidential Debate, Orlando, FL, 9/22/11)

President Obama Also Supports Tuition Breaks For Illegal Immigrants:

“Thousands of immigrant students … declared their illegal status during a nationwide campaign for a bill in Congress that would have put them on a path to legal residence. In December that bill, known as the Dream Act, passed the House, then failed in the Senate. President Obama insisted in his State of the Union address and in interviews that he wanted to try again on the bill this year.” (Julia Preston, “After A False Dawn, Anxiety For Illegal Immigrant Students,” The New York Times, 2/8/11)

(emphasis added )

This morning, Luke posted Gov Romney’s new video here. It is perfect to re-post here. Perry and Obama Agree:

UPDATE – Romney talks with Jordan Sekulow (segment of interview) 9/27/11:

“I fundamentally believe that it doesn’t make a lot of sense for American taxpayers to pay for the college education of illegal aliens particularly at a time when American taxpayers are having a hard time financing education for their own children. It’s a strange thing. I know that it’s popular to get some votes in some corners. But from a policy standpoint if we’re going to give benefits that are worth $100,000 to illegal aliens to come here and get a higher education degree, then people are going to try and get into the country illegally. That’s the kind of magnet that draws people into the country. It’s the wrong course for our nation. Look, I love legal immigration. I’m happy to help legal immigrants but illegal immigrants coming here getting a break – a $100,000 break on college tuition financed by taxpayers makes no sense.” – Mitt Romney


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Romney Strong on LEGAL Immigration: ALIPAC “Rick Perry is Finished”


After last night’s presidential debate and hearing Rick Perry’s clearly stated stance on issues related to illegal immigration, Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC) sent out this email:

Friends of ALIPAC,

You have to see this new video from last night’s debate. We have never seen a crowd response like the one here where Rick Perry is booed again.

Please take the following quick important steps today.

Step 1: Click this link [video added], watch this video, and consider making a comment and sharing it with others.

VIDEO – Rick Perry Booed Again for $100K Illegal Immigrant Support Plan

Step 2: Please read, understand, share, and report on our national press release going out today.

National Press Release from ALIPAC September 23, 2011

Rick Perry Is Finished
http://www.alipac.us/article-6612-thread-1-0.html

Special thanks to all of our ALIPAC supporters that submitted illegal immigration questions for this debate!

THE ALIPAC TEAM
www.alipac.us

From ALIPAC letter linked above:

Texas Governor Perry destroyed his chances of winning the GOP Presidential primary during last night’s debate when he defended his support for in-state tuition for illegal aliens which is opposed by 81% of all Americans.

Rick Perry proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is not the right choice for America by supporting these radical illegal immigration attracting measures,” said William Gheen, President of ALIPAC. “Perry’s support for in-state tuition for illegals forces taxpayers to pay to replace their own children in the limited seats in our colleges!



H/t Crystal

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