Sep 25, 2011

Immigration Politics: Rick Perry’s Stance on Immigration May Hurt His Chances " ... the deeply visceral issue of illegal immigration has shown that geography sometimes trumps ideology in politics: as governor of a border state with a large Hispanic population and entwined cultural identities, Mr. Perry (governor of Texas) has a more moderate, nuanced position than his rivals.

The governor shepherded, with bipartisan support, the 2001 legislation in Texas letting the undocumented children of illegal immigrants pay in-state tuition for higher education, and he has been opposed to a fence the length of the Texas-Mexico border.

But these issues are potentially treacherous for Mr. Perry in early-nominating states — Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — where the populations are largely non-Hispanic but keenly aware of a growing number of immigrants."

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