Education Week: Perry Defends HPV Shots, Illegal Immigrants’ In-State Tuition
Bachmann also went after Perry over his state’s decision to grant in-state tuition to illegal immigrants if they’ve been in the state for three years and are working towards a degree and citizenship.
“That is the American way,” Perry said, adding that he is not in favor of the Democrat-supported DREAM Act, which would create a path to citizenship for some youth. “That’s amnesty. What we did in Texas was a state’s right issue. Regardless of what the sound of their last name is, [we are saying] that we believe in you. We’re going to allow you to be contributing members and not be a drag on our state.”
Bachmann replied: “The American way is not to give taxpayer-subisized benefits to people who have broken our laws.”
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney piled on. “Of course we don’t give in-state tuition credits to people who’ve come here illegally.”
I like Rick Perry. His steadfastness on dealing with entitlements has put me almost irrevocably in his corner. However, on this particular issue, Perry is dead wrong and both Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney are absolutely right.
Solving our illegal immigration problem is a four-step process: (1) Build a tangible double fence and use that structure as part of an overall strategy of border security; (2) enforce the immigration laws already on the books; (3) put an end to the programs and policies serving as magnets, enticing people to scoff at our laws, violate our sovereignty, and come here illegally; and (4) provide a humane solution for the people already here, allowing for them to go to the back of the proverbial line for legal immigration, and ensure that deportation results from further infraction of our laws until their status is legal.
Rick Perry’s in-state tuition program is a magnet. And while Perry may argue that it is a state’s rights issue, so long as that magnet serves to facilitate a system that results in a flood of illegals coming across the border in blatant violation of our laws, it is a national security issue.