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Morning after: Bachmann, Romney hit Perry on illegal immigration

by George Bennett | September 23rd, 2011

ORLANDO — The first two Republican presidential candidates to address the Conservative Political Action Conference here this morning — Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney — got applause when they criticized frontrunner Rick Perry’s stance on illegal immigration.

Texas Gov. Perry was pounded by his rivals in a nationally televised debate Thursday night for not supporting a fence along the entire U.S.-Mexico border and for backing in-school college tuition benefits for the children of illegal immigrants in Texas.

“I will build a fence along our southern border against illegal immigration. And we will not have taxpayer subsidized benefits for illegal immigrants or their children,” Bachmann told the crowd of more than 2,000 conservative activists.

Romney took issue with Perry’s contention that opponents of the Texas tuition program “don’t have a heart.”

Said Romney: “I think if you’re opposed to illegal immigration, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have a heart. It means that you have a heart and a brain.”

13 Responses to “Morning after: Bachmann, Romney hit Perry on illegal immigration”

  1. Same Old, Same Old Says:

    Also . . .

    HPV Vaccine Fact Check: Perry Misstated:

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/09/fact-check-perry-met-dying-woman-after-hpv-vaccine-mandate/

    Far as I’m concerned Perry is a weak link and history.

    If we wanted a conniving two-faced liar in the Whitehouse we could stick with sub-Zero and his socialist wrecking crew.

    Bachmann, Romney, Cane, and Gingrich all looked very strong and the others were no slackers either, though not in the same league.

    The best comment was when Gary Johnson borrowed one of Rush’s quotes: “My dogs have created more shovel-ready work than Obama has just this week alone,”

  2. Jim White Says:

    I’m somewhat amazed, and saddened, that these people who are each potentially the leader of our nation are so simplistic and pandering. I have heard no thoughtful solutions, rather platitudes.

    I suppose we the voting public send the message that we too are simplistic. This is a sad commentary on our future as a country…

  3. Deb Says:

    NO to Perry, but Romney is moderate. Need someone to jump in quickly!

  4. Common sense consevative Says:

    Romney is the man!

  5. Pedro Says:

    Because I don’t support lawlessness (illegal aliens) like you do Gov. Perry, you tell me that I don’t have a heart?… how dare you sir. I support immigration, BUT IT HAS TO BE LEGAL IMMIGRATION. The difference between legal and illegal immigration, is the same difference as a guest that you’ve invited to visit your home and someone that you don’t even know, who entered your property in the middle of the night.

    HOW DARE YOU GOV. PERRY, TO SAY THAT I DON’T HAVE A HEART, SIMPLY BECAUSE I DON’T SUPPORT LAWLESSNESS (illegal aliens) LIKE YOU DO.

  6. maggie Says:

    And we will have the mexicans build it, right Michele.

  7. Rich Says:

    if all but 4 legislators passed the law what does that tell you??? Texas is supposed to be a very conservitive state.My feeling is if the folks in Texas the people and the legislators and the and the governor THEN SO BE IT!!
    Why do all the outsiders from different states think they know whats best???
    let me repat all but 4 were disented, THIS IS WHAT YOU CALL A SUPER MAJORITY!!! By the way if the GOP doesn’t carry Texas they have ZERO CHANCE OF RECLAIMING THE WHITEHOUSE!!!!
    Gov Perry was an original member of the tea part not Jouhny come lately born with a silver Spoon ROMNEY !!

  8. Rich Says:

    i know lots of people and Business in Texas (conservitives)and they have no problem with the law —it is a State Issue !!!!!

  9. RENEGADE Says:

    Its a State issue when Texas closes its boarders and guarantees the rest of America they will never leave Texas!

  10. Yeah Right Says:

    It’s only a state (Texas) issue when they build a wall along the northern border to keep people from headed to the 49 other states.

  11. Rich Says:

    only 4 agree out 140+ with you, 70% of the state legislators are very conservitives in Texas !!! It does NOT matter who the Governor was or is that law was going to pass period!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IF THE GOP Does not get a good % of the hispanic vote they will loose no matter how bad Obama is so they pay state rate on tuition bigfreakin deal. AND TO BUILD A WALL ON THE BORDER THATS A GREAT IDEA —WHO’S GOING TO PAY FOR IT??? NOT TEXAS NOT ARIZONA, CALI BUT THE FEDS !!! Romney would have done the same exact thing if he was gov of Texas but he rather make a mandatory health care law— six one half a dozen of the other!!

  12. Read it again slowly Says:

    IF THE GOP Does not get a good % of the hispanic vote they will loose no matter how bad Obama is!

  13. Dave Francis Says:

    Texas Governor Rick Perry obviously doesn’t realize that any benefits for illegal aliens, whether it’s the $100.000 tuition fee in the University of Texas or any number public assistance programs is just a tremendous draw to foreign persons, from across borders or a visitor’s visa ticket from anywhere abroad. Anything that is free is going to entice people, especially when their own country is corrupt or have no interest in gaining support from its people. What is seriously unconstitutional is giving advantages to illegal children over the rights of citizen children, who must pay full tuition as out of state students. In yesterday’s melee, this became a highlighted issue of extraordinary importance to the audience. In a partnership with YouTube and Fox News featured the Republican Presidential Primary candidates in a debate answering questions from the online community.

    Perry was confronted by boos, and hecklers who gave no-quarter to this seemingly special preference to the children of illegal aliens. Senator McCain in 2007 felt the brunt of this condemnation, for the passage of a “Path to Citizenship” and equally abhorrent his pursuance of another mass amnesty. This immediately wrecked his chance of the Presidency, as his campaign money machine ground to a halt through this irrational agenda. Make no mistake that large majorities of the Hispanic people are not going to fall in this political trap, as hundreds of thousands do not believe in pandering to the illegal immigrant onslaught. Like all Americans their jobs are in jeopardy as well, as it is for Latino’s, Blacks, Whites, Asians and others who qualify as lawful residents. The TEA PARTY doesn’t condone any type of official pardon, for those who stole into our country. Voicing her opinion, Bachmann said: “We will not have taxpayer-subsidized benefits for illegal immigrants or their children.” She pledged to build a fence along the U.S.-Mexican border, a shift that Perry opposes. In the latest report surveyed by (FAIR) Federation of American Immigration Reform, Texas is subsidizing illegal aliens with 4.7 billion annually in contributions from its taxpayers.

    These payments cover education, medical care and incarceration that are just one state forced by the federal courts in unfunded mandates. Fair states, “State and local taxes paid by the unauthorized immigrant population go toward offsetting these costs, but they do not come near to matching the expenses. The total of such payments can generously be estimated at slightly less than $1 billion per year.” In addition Fair acknowledged, “The fiscal costs of illegal immigration do not end with these three major cost areas. The total costs of illegal immigration to the state’s taxpayers would be considerably higher if other cost areas such as special English instruction, welfare programs used by the U.S.-born children of illegal aliens, or welfare benefits for American workers displaced by illegal alien workers were also calculated.

    All 50 states are burdened by illegal immigrant costs, but in ratio the Sanctuary State of California beats them all, with a rising entitlement program of $9 Billion. Californians should not be expected to presume this already large and growing encumber from illegal immigration simply since businesses or other special interests benefit from being able to employ lower cost workers. In all the Heritage Foundation has analyzed a cost projection of every state, with an inclusion of federal funding–but not limited to $113 Billion dollars a year. All this money taken from the American taxpayers pay check. Even more astounding is the US government allowing illegal workers, to send an average of $46 billion dollars out of the country, to foreign banks?

    Rick Perry may have cooked his own goose, for as a Governor of a state he should be protecting his citizens and legal populace. Giving out taxpayer dollars to foreigner’s children is not just a Texas issue. There is no doubt in the TEA PARTY ticket, illegal immigration is going to take center stage, next to jobs and our wilting economy. Rep. Lamar smith is correct, when he impressed on the issue of his mandatory E-Verify proposal in Congress, this an imminent in vote right now, “That the only people losing their jobs–will be illegal aliens.” Of course the usual radical voices are raised, as critics opposing this Historical Immigration Bill, H.R. 2885 are searching for any loophole to drag it down. They are using what inflammatory rhetoric or lies they can muster against the passage of E-Verify “the Legal Workforce Act.” First they contest it that legal American workers could be turned away in being hired. So that person just addresses that grievance by going to their local Social security office; illegal aliens will stay well clear of this agency. None of the media will inform their readership of this?

    Following through with this is an expensive proposition for small businesses, when it’s a simple computer generated program and cost nothing to operate. The usual suspects are behind this bombardment of hoping to terrorize the people with this verbal garbage. Adverse entities such as Tea Party Nation or Tea Party Express have limited influence on the millions of in the Tea Party members, who want to see our 1986 Immigration laws severely enforced. They also want the instant citizenship law amended, so billions of dollars are not going to parents of these babies snuck into the United States, so they can get free hospital care, free housing, free food stamps and cash payments for every child. The misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment, has given 300.000 children at an annual rate for illegal parents, free access to the American people’s welfare safety-net.

    The people who vote in 2012 have probably the hardest selection in choosing a new president. Obama’s immigration enforcement was on the right track, until he began issuing executive orders and not complying with the “Rule of Law.” After all Liberal oriented presidents think they are not subject to the US Constitution. The job of his administration is to deport–ALL–illegal aliens, not select who can stay, because they hadn’t committed a crime. The next man/women in the White House must follow the law, which has been manipulated successfully by the public servants in the Dept of Justice. They should not be intimidated by the Church, unions, business, giant agricultural corporation, farmers or the open border groups. Instead of trying to undermine financially hurting states from converging crowds of illegal immigrants, they should be enforcing the laws in the border regions, where states like Arizona, California, Texas and New Mexico are in constant conflict with drug cartels and the tracks of foreigners moving Northwards in to America.

    Who amongst presidential contenders will really fit the bill, to beat Obama later next year? Businessman Herman Cain, a true partier who has a great plans and addressing the crippling Tax code, we have now and so does Bachmann? Being that illegal immigration has become an oppressive financial problem, finding the best candidate with an antidote is not for former for Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul as they have little to say about this controversial battle that is unceasing.

    We can all stand with our fellow jobless countryman by Calling House and Senate Leadership NOW Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. In winding up, Arizona, Georgia, Alabama and other states have been persecuted by Dept of Justice Eric holder and his mob. All these states need our help from years of a neglected border and the flow of–ECONOMIC–foreign nationals. Don’t take my word for the facts, as you can find the ugly truth of the illegal settlement at NumbersUSA that has been forced upon us for over thirty years. There have been 6 additional hidden small Amnesties and the clandestine importation of millions of semi-skilled workers that have arrive here every year, in competition from US workers high paying jobs. Other websites that will deliver the facts about the criminal element, with wide ranging access to the E-media is American Patrol.

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