Tom Tancredo On Rick Perry And The “Young Texans”
August 11, 2011, 11:41 PM
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Tom Tancredo writes

“When I ran for president in 2008, I tried to pressure the Republican candidates to take a hard line against illegal immigration. For this, Perry called me a racist.

When he first took office as governor in 2001, Perry went to Mexico and bragged about his law that granted “the children of undocumented workers” special in-state tuition at Texas colleges, the first state in the nation to do so.

“The message is simple,” Perry concluded, “educacion es el futuro, y si se puede.” Education is the future, and (echoing Cesar Chavez’s slogan) yes we can.]

Just a few weeks ago, Perry defended his decision to give in-state tuition to illegal immigrants. He said “to punish these young Texans for their parents’ actions is not what America has always been about.”[Rick Perry not a true conservative Politico.com, August 11, 2011 (Links added)]

First of all, these are not “young Texans”–they are young Mexicans who live in Texas. Secondly, in letting them get cheap, Texas funded educations, he’s taking an opportunity away from some actual young Texans.