Photo: Gov. Rick Perry
Governor Rick Perry’s (R-TX) image among Hispanics have changed in the last ten years. In 2001, he pushed for education for undocumented immigrants and their children, but in 2011, he’s looking to eliminate what have come to be called “sanctuary cities,” in which police are not required to check the immigration status of those detained for means of sending them along to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
As census numbers have shown, Hispanic voters are large enough in to change the tides of an election, but Perry may have burned too many bridges.
Perry’s bill to put an end to “sanctuary cities” by proposing legislation to allow police to question people on their immigration status has left a sour taste in the Hispanic collective’s mouth.
San Antonio’s Mayor Julian Castro called Perry’s bill “easily the most anti-Latino agenda in more than a generation.” And outside the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials annual convention this past June immigration advocates protested his arrival.
Though he continues to say he is proud of the Hispanics of Texas, he is still aligned with today’s anti-immigrant Republican party, which has done all it can to tell undocumented immigrants that they are not welcome.
So while Perry may have an immigrant-friendly past, his most recent stances have provided him with few friendly Hispanic faces.