As the Republican contenders for the Presidency get ready for their Labor Day debate two of them made comments on the issue of immigration over the weekend.
First Texas Governor Rick Perry, while in New Hampshire, confirmed his opposition to building a fence around the entire U.S.-Mexico border viewing it as not useful. Instead he is proposing ‘strategic fencing’ with more National Guard troops to protect the border.
This position is in stark opposition to the very conservative segment of the party and the Tea Party’s stance on immigration. Conservatives are not pleased with Perry’s fence stance and the law he signed in Texas giving illegal immigrants in-state tuition.
Mitt Romney on the other hand while speaking to the Republican Hispanic National Assembly reminded everyone that he is ‘pro legal immigration’ which many conservatives also oppose. In addition he made it clear he opposes any form of in-state tuition benefits for undocumented students, in essence opposing the DREAM Act by saying “We must stop providing the incentives that promote illegal immigration.”
Both candidates have not spoken on what do to with the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. many that have been here for years and have no criminal record.