By Gary P Jackson
Rick Perry is under fire from the Texas Tea Party and the Tea Party Caucus in the Texas legislature. I wrote a bit about it on Sunday.
The issue at hand is sanctuary cities in Texas. Rick Perry supposedly supports a ban on sanctuary cities, and both the House and Senate have passed legislation that would effectively ban sanctuary cities by cutting off any state funding of any kind to any city that designates itself a sanctuary for illegal aliens.
The problem is, this legislation created by the House and Senate has never been reconciled and brought to a full vote. Now Perry’s people say “blame the legislature” and pretty much wash their hands of any responsibility. Thing is, Perry called this an “emergency” in January of this year, and again in March. If it’s an “emergency” [and has been for almost ten months now] you’d think Perry would have gotten personally involved and worked to help bring the legislation to a vote. He has not. Instead Perry abandoned his responsibilities as Governor of Texas to seek the presidency, something he promised Texans he would not do, if re-elected.
Now Texans are demanding Perry come back and do his job. Illegal immigration is a serious problem in Texas, and it’s only getting worse.
There are also accusations of more cronyism, as major Perry donors are dead set against most legislation that would discourage illegals. Homebuilder Bob Perry, who has given Rick Perry over $2 million, has pushed back against the legislation, as has H-E-B’s Charles Butt.
From Austin’s KXAN:
That’s Texas Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee chair JoAnn Fleming of Tyler saying: “We’re here to help Governor Perry clarify, for the United States of America, what his position is.”
Dave Montgomery at the Ft Worth Star-Telegram has more:
AUSTIN — Texas Tea Party leaders, challenging Gov. Rick Perry to dispel doubts about his stance on illegal immigration, demanded Monday that he call lawmakers back to work to enact a controversial “sanctuary cities” bill and other major immigration measures.
The sanctuary cities bill would freeze state funding for local governments that prohibit officers from asking detainees about their immigration status. The measure provoked one of the Legislature’s most contentious debates this year and failed to survive the 140-day regular session and a special session.
Although Perry proclaimed the bill a top priority, the measure drew behind-the-scenes resistance from influential business leaders, including Houston home builder Bob Perry, one of the governor’s biggest individual political donors.
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“Gov. Perry needs to clarify his position on illegal immigration,” said JoAnn Fleming of Tyler, chairwoman of the Texas Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee. “He needs to come back to Texas and finish this unfinished business.”
The Tea Party representatives presented Perry’s office with more than 3,000 signatures.
“Although we do not necessarily hold you completely responsible for the inexcusable actions of the House and Senate members during the regular and special sessions, the ball is now squarely in your court,” the Tea Party letter says. “It is solely within your power as Governor to call the legislature into session and demand they complete the important work that they promised their constituents they would do.”
The letter cited a recent University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll showing that Texas voters consider illegal immigration the most important problem facing the state. Inadequate border security ranked second.
“We welcome support for efforts to outlaw sanctuary city policies and encourage those interested to communicate their concerns to members of the Texas Legislature,” Perry spokeswoman Lucy Nashed said. “Gov. Perry already agrees that sanctuary city policies must end.“
Notice Pery’s spokesperson passes the buck, blaming the Texas legislature. Indeed, they are at fault for not being able to pass legislation that Texans demand, however, Rick Perry would have you believe he has the leadership skills required to be President, and yet, he has not used those supposed skills to work with the legislature and broker a deal that would move this legislation forward.
There may be a reason form this. More from the Star-Telegram:
Despite Perry’s public commitment to the measure, some critics questioned the depth of his support after reports that Bob Perry, who is not related to the governor, and San Antonio grocery store magnate Charles Butt were waging a subsurface effort to scuttle the bill.
Bob Perry and his wife, Doylene, have contributed more than $2 million to Rick Perry since 2001. The Houston home builder has also donated to the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, whose members led opposition to the sanctuary cities bill.
Perry’s support of the in-state tuition measure drew national attention in a GOP debate last week when Rep. Michele Bachmann charged that the Texas law gives “taxpayer subsidized benefits to people who have broken our laws.”
Mitt Romney, who as governor of Massachusetts vetoed legislation providing in-state tuition for illegal immigration, has also seized on the issue.
This is Rick Perry trying to have it both ways. In public and on the campaign trail he can proclaim loudly the he is tough on illegals, by pointing to his “support” of various legislation, without ever doing anything to ACTUALLY support the legislation. He then blames the failure of this legislation to become law on someone else. Kind of reminds me of the current occupant of the White House.
Here Perry gets to sound tough and yet still take care of those who give millions to support him. Cronies who want no part of sanctions against illegals.
Perry has always been an open borders guy. Now granted, Texas has a long standing relationship with Mexico. They are our largest customer. That said, it doesn’t mean we have to allow people to illegally enter the state. People forget that it’s not just the poor Mexican worker, who just wants a better life, that we are talking about here. Violent drug gangs have infiltrated Texas, and there are reports of Muslim terrorists, posing as Hispanics, making their way across the border as well.
I think any decent human being can sympathize with people wanting to come to America for a better life. Mexico is in total chaos now, with the drug gangs all but running the country. While one can sympathize, it still doesn’t excuse. The risks of who else may be coming across the border illegally far overshadow anything else.
Perry doesn’t seem the least bit concerned. Looking at his political donors, and their positions, it seems Perry is more concerned with making sure his cronies have cheap labor, rather than securing Texas against violent drug gangs and possible terrorist invaders.
This is totally unacceptable. It’s unacceptable for Texas and unacceptable for America.
Rick Perry has repeatedly said that being Texas Governor is the greatest job in the world.” He’s also declared the issue of sanctuary cities an “emergency.”
It’s time Perry gets back to Texas, does his job, uses his bully pulpit to put a deal together banning sanctuary cities, or resign, let Lt Governor David Dewhurst take his place and finish the job. Then Rick Perry can continue his quixotic journey seeking higher office unencumbered by the responsibilities of the job he already has.
Texans demand it.