Rick Perry: “I Don’t Think You Have a Heart” If You Oppose In-State Tuition for Children of Illegal Aliens

This won’t win over many conservative voters.
Rick Perry stood by his earlier comments on tuition for children of illegal immigrants.
The Weekly Standard reported:

During Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum all took shots at Rick Perry’s record on illegal immigration. Bachmann said that Texas’s law allowing in-state tuition for the children of illegal immigrants acted like a “magnet” for illegal immigrants. Perry’s response was forceful and personal. “I don’t think you have a heart,” Perry told his critics.

“If you say that we should not educate children who come into our state for no other reason than that they’ve been brought their through no fault of their own, I don’t think you have a heart,” Perry said. “We need to be educating these children because they will become a drag on our society. I think that’s what Texans wanted to do. Out of 181 members of the Texas legislature when this issue came up [there were] only four dissenting votes. This was a state issue. Texas voted on it. And I still support it today.”

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  • Vero

    Been a die-hard supporter of Perry, just read my previous comments – no longer after that crap

  • Dan

    I worked to pay for my college education and think everyone should do the same. So, I don’t have a heart now, Mr. Perry?

    This is the great conservative hope? God help us!

  • Bob Z

    I still like Newt

  • Terry in GA

    Oops, Perry accidently turned the toaster on wide open and fell asleep. He is burnt toast, can’t be salvaged — throw him out and start over with fresh bread.

  • Ron

    The man stands by his decision right or wrong. those who say they won’t support him because of this never supported him in the first place. the concern troll meme is old.

  • lol

    he is way to soft on immigration. he is also friendly with aga khan. together they initiated a muslim curriculum to be taught in texas schools. he also wants a transnational highway between mexico and texas, and addressed the bilderberg society several times too.

  • Bob Z

    Best line of the night “the neighbor’s dogs have created more shovel ready jobs than Obama”

  • Patty

    Well, He won the Illegal Vote!! LOL

  • listingstarboard

    What is worse, the child of an illegal that was brought here as toddler whose parents have worked and paid into the system getting in state tuition on the condition they pursue the legal route to citizenship or giving free education to some ghetto black punk that hates America? Affirmative action that allows FREE education to UNQUALIFIED United States citizens is JUST AS BAD.

  • MrGoodWench

    This was a state issue. Texas voted on it. And I still support it today.”
    Immigration enforcement is NOT a state issue , right Perry ?

  • Vero

    Ron, you are totally wrong. I have been a huge supporter of Perry – that can be seen by my post here ever since he announced – You are fooling yourself if you think this will not hurt him big time- If it pissed my wife off, and it did, he has hurt himself. I will say that if he is the GOP nominee I will support him over Obama, but that is now as far as i will go

  • Andreas K.

    So there goes Saint Rick. As expected.

    It won’t matter. The media will pick a RINO for you to vote and you can chose between moron A and moron B and afterwards you’ll be just as screwed as you are now.

  • MrGoodWench

    listingstarboard commented:
    What is worse, the child of an illegal that was brought here as toddler whose parents have worked and paid into the system
    Paid into the system ???
    How exactly ?
    Do tell

  • Texas_Treeroach

    Well, gosh. I’m from Texas and I like Rick.
    But I don’t think it’s gonna happen for him — not after tonight.

    But, the one thing we should all take away form these debates is this:
    These good folks are ALL committed to bringing down the current administration.
    Me too.

    Right now, it looks very much like Romney will be the candidate.
    If so, I will support him.

  • dwd

    Sorry… wanted to like you, Perry… but I can’t agree with that statement.


    Bush lite?

  • MariaA

    It was very disappointing to hear Perry’s comment but not surprising. What can he say? After all, he signed it into law.

  • Sasja

    Dan, I think the legislature of Texas, Gov Perry, and apparently the folks in Texas, decided to allow in-state tuition to children of illegals, not pay their tuition. I don’t agree with it, but it is a state issue and I will give credit to Perry for standing by this decision.

  • http://D Militant Conservative

    A perfect candidate you ate not getting.

    Now then who ya gonna pick to slay Obama?!

    That is your question. This is survivor on reality.

    Who ya gonna pick to kill the cancer? The pox on

    America? Get rid of Obama he’s a loser. Word dat.

  • Bill Mitchell

    Well, somewhere Mitt Romney’s campaign manager is smiling. This issue is death for Perry I’m afraid. I appreciate his honesty but wow.