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Rick Perry


Updated: 08/04/2015
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Mandate E-Verify-plus
  • While dismissive of E-Verify during his previous presidential run, Gov. Perry has supported its use in recent years by issuing an executive order in December 2014 requiring all Texas contractors and state agencies use the system: "The E-Verify system has been improved, it’s been streamlined and it currently is the most accurate and efficient way to check a person’s legal work in the United States." Source: http://www.texastribune.org/2014/12/03/perry-requires-state-agencies-use-e-verify/
  • Gov. Perry can improve his grade by detailing his plans for rolling out mandatory E-Verify use at the national level.

Prevent illegal border entries & surges
  • Gov. Perry has acted to secure Texas' segment of the border during the 2014 border surge and has attacked the president for not acting to secure the border. Perry has also stated that border security has to come before anything else: "Defending the border is not a political option. It is a constitutional obligation. Until the federal government meets that duty and secures that border, all talk of immigration reform is pointless because Washington has no credibility on the matter." Source: http://www.governing.com/topics/public-justice-safety/gov-rick-perry-border-security-before-immigration-reform.html
  • When Gov. Perry announced his candidacy for president in June 2015, he discussed his plan to secure the border. "It requires the personnel, it requires strategic fencing in the metropolitan areas. Once you get that done, then you can have a conversation about immigration reform, but not until." Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/29270707/rick-perry-stresses-veterans-issues-states-rights-in-mt-pleasant-speech
  • During June 2015 exclusive interview with FoxNews' Sean Hannity, he also made it clear that border security would come before anything else on immigration. "But here's the more important thing for me. All of these issues are secondary to securing the border. If you do not have the will and secure this border, these issues are never going to be addressed, they're never going to be fixed, if you will. And that's what I promise the American people -- because I know how to do this -- one of the first things we will do is to clearly put a plan in place to secure that border, put the personnel on the border, the strategic fencing in place, the aviation assets so that that 1,800-mile border from Tijuana to El Paso, El Paso to Brownsville is secure, and the American people will know that it's secure." Source: http://www.foxnews.com/transcript/2015/06/05/exclusive-rick-perry-details-2016-presidential-run-on-h...
  • At a South Carolina Presidential Town Hall in August 2015 Perry laid out specifics for securing the border. A plan based in “reality,” according to Perry, involves putting “the personnel in the right places on that border.” Along the 1,933 miles of Texas’s border with Mexico, this would include “strategic fencing in the metropolitan areas,” and—something that was currently missing—”aviation assets,” including “drones, fixed wing, rotor craft, with downward looking technology that allows us to analyze what’s going on, on that border 24-7, day or night, any type of weather condition,” coupled with “quick response teams” who could move quickly to areas where there were reports of suspicious activity. Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/08/27/rick-perry-the-border-with-mexico-can-be-secured/

Implement Congress-mandated enforcement & disincentives
  • Gov. Perry has signed legislation to give illegal aliens in-state tuition but vetoed legislation to give illegal aliens drivers licenses: "In 2001, members of the legislature, they debated [in-state tuition for illegal aliens], they talked about it…and the option they chose was in the best economic interest of the state of Texas, in that young people who are here, by no fault of their own…to give these young people the opportunity to be givers rather than takers, to be a constructive part of this society, and that’s what they did.” Source: http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2014/09/21/perry-defends-in-state-tuition-for-illegal-immigrants/
  • In the aftermath of the shooting of a San Francsico woman by a five-times deported illegal aliens in July 2015, Gov. Perry said he supported ending sanctuary policies. As reported by the Texas Tribune, "Perry's proposal, released via email on Thursday, includes making sanctuary cities ineligible for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, a U.S. Justice Department program that awards millions of dollars to local governments to ease the cost of jailing undocumented immigrants." Source: http://www.myhighplains.com/story/d/story/perry-proposes-attack-on-sanctuary-cities/30984/1WwbGrQtekm07o9NcMs1TA

Finish entry-exit system to track visa overstays

End automatic birthright citizenship
  • We have not found any examples of Gov. Perry discussing birthright citizenship.

Oppose work permits for illegal immigrants

Support overall reduction in annual immigration
  • Gov. Perry has not specifically addressed increasing or decreasing immigration numbers, despite addressing other immigration issues.

End chain migration
  • Gov. Perry has not addressed the issue of chain migration.

Protect against unfair work-visa competition
  • Gov. Perry has not discussed his views on foreign worker numbers.

End visa lottery
  • Gov. Perry has not indicated a position on the visa lottery.