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6 June 2011 at 12:25:27 PM
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Rick Perry's Motto is to Promise Right-Wing Texans Anything.. but Give Big Business What IT Wants.

From Rick Casey-Houston Chron article entitled "Perry Winks and Nods-Obama Acts"

In his state of the state speech in February, Gov. Rick Perry declared, "We must establish criminal penalties for employers who knowingly hire workers who are here in violation of immigration law."

Tough words, but said with a wink and a nod.

The nod was to the virulent anti-immigrant sentiments of much of Perry's constituency, but the wink was to his business backers.

Perry's only immigration legislative push was for a weak "anti-sanctuary city" bill that he declared an "emergency" despite the fact that he wouldn't identify any actual sanctuary cities in the state.

The only immigration-related bill that would make it a state crime, punishable by up to two years in jail, for employers to knowingly hire illegal immigrants became a national joke because it conspicuously exempted employers of maids and gardeners.

Go read the rest.
 
I'm pretty neutral myself on immigration, that is, it isn't a hot button issue for me. But I have always believed that if there were stiffer penalties for businesses that want to hire illegally, the problems would be cut down to size. Republicans and maybe some Democrats don't want to do that, though. They want the cheap labor, ala "guest workers" as Bush Junior called them.
And so does Perry.

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