Romney`s no immigration restrictionist stalwart, but you don`t have be that good to get Rick Perry`s right on immigration—see Rick Perry—Another Texas Governor for Amnesty, by Washington Watcher.
Mark Thiessen reports from New Hampshire:
"The Romney campaign also plans to use immigration to drive a wedge between Perry and his conservative base, by highlighting Perry’s opposition to a border fence and legislation he signed in 2001 allowing the children of illegal immigrants to attend Texas colleges and universities at in-state tuition. Without mentioning Perry by name, Romney pointed out at a town hall here in Dover that he vetoed similar legislation as governor of Massachusetts, declaring, “If you say, guess what, if you come here illegally, your kids will get [in-state tuition], that draws more people here illegally.” Romney strategists believe the immigration issue will be devastating for Perry with Tea Party Republicans across the country — and especially in important primary states like Arizona."[Romney’s plan to beat Perry, By Marc A. Thiessen,Washington Post, August 29, 2011]