Rick Perry: "Aliens" Still Not Eligible for Public Benefits In Texas

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He's agin' it. Whatever it is.
It's a pretty basic equation: When the Obama administration does something, Governor Rick Perry's against it. When at all possible, his administration will refuse to implement in Texas whatever policy change the feds have made. Expanding Medicaid? He's not going to do it here, no matter how many millions of uninsured people we have. Feds ban the implementation of the state's voter ID law, pointing out that it violates the Voting Rights Act? Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott sues them in federal court.

For the most part, lawsuits have been Perry and company's favored strategy against Obama. As Abbott famously put it at a GOP convention: "My job is pretty simple. I go into the office, I sue the federal government, and then I go home."

But what exactly can Perry and Abbott do about deferred action? The executive order allows undocumented immigrants brought here as children to apply for citizenship work permits, avoiding deportation for up to two years. It's entirely a federal matter.

But that hasn't deterred Perry from sending Abbott a public letter about "aliens" and all the benefits they will still not be receiving in Texas.

Referring to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, he wrote in the August 16 missive: "I have previously expressed my position that the secretary was wrong to unilaterally undermine the law through a policy statement issued under the cover of so-called 'prosecutorial discretion.' I believe her actions were a slap in the face to the rule of law and our Constitutional framework of separated powers."

Perry adds that the deferred action order "do[es] not change our obligations under federal and Texas law to determine a person's eligibility for state and local public benefits. Federal law prohibits conferring such benefits to most unlawfully present aliens, absent a state law to the contrary."

Pledging to make life difficult for deferred action participants is popular among a certain set of Republican governors right now. A few days ago, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer ordered that they be prohibited from getting driver's licenses in the state . Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman vowed to do the same a few days later.

Perry's actions are in contrast to his (relatively) humane past stance on illegal immigration, especially during last year's Republican primaries. Like George W. Bush before him, Perry, along with the governors of other border states, has had to appear somewhat unbigoted in order to have a chance with their many Latino voters. That didn't serve him well while running for president: He was criticized during a Florida debate, for example, for signing a 2001 law granting in-state tuition to undocumented students.

"If you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they've been brought there by no fault of their own," Perry replied, "I don't think you have a heart."

Texas still allows undocumented students access to in-state tuition, and Perry hasn't yet said anything about denying licenses to deferred action participants. But nor has he uttered another word about "heart."

Rick Perry Deferred Action Letter to Greg Abbott


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47 comments
mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

This is just a big ole bag of political grandstanding by Perry.

 

The reality is "deferred action", and Napolitano's action, have absolutely NOTHING to do with granting any "state and local public benefits". None.

 

the fact is there was no story until the Governor's office made one up. out of thin air....

ZardozSpeakstoYou
ZardozSpeakstoYou

Though I rarely agree with anything from the Republican camp I have to agree with Perry on this one.  If the law needs to be changed, change the law.  Until then, Perry is correct on this issue.  

Americano
Americano

Do non-Mexican Citizens get any benefits in Mexico?  Can non-Mexicans own prime property in Mexico?  Um, no.  According to US Liberals, that makes Mexico a racist country.  I guess we'll just have to agree on that one.

Pokey
Pokey

Perry instructing Abbott about the rule of law under prosecutorial discretion?  Ha HA!!  Stop the illusion, Texas has abandoned anything that resembles the LAW!  Prosecutorial discretion is the doctrine of doing whatever the flip they want and calling it LEGAL.

Newtonianphysic
Newtonianphysic

@Dallas_Observer Good political theater Ricky. Don't squint 2 much as it will age you prematurely. And, your other side is your better one.

Dalguy
Dalguy

How in the world did Rick Perry get elected to anything?  He is the biggest Aggie joke of all time.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Oh how I wish we could bring Ann Richards back to life!

icowrich
icowrich

Growing pains.  Texas is already making noise that it's getting ready to accept the Medicare funding, just as soon as everyone stops paying attention.

WhiteGuiltObserver
WhiteGuiltObserver

The oppressed teen youfs of colour who shot Eric Nicholson the other day are almost 100% guaranteed to be eligible for "deferred deportation". Hey Anna Merlan there are some nice shacks on Ash. Why don't you move there and Celebrate Divershitty with your beloved illegals, who just want to commit the gang-rapes that white Americans don't want to do?!?

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

"It's a pretty basic equation: When the Obama administration does something, Governor Rick Perry's against it."

 

In all fairness, it's an easy way for him to be right more often than he's wrong.

 

WhiteGuiltObserver
WhiteGuiltObserver

Naive white-guilt libtards like Anna Merlan will "have a heart" and "feel-good" us all into living in Newer Mexico, the new third-world shithole libtard paradise.

BalchSprings
BalchSprings

Love the snarkey double quotes around the word alien in order to blur the issue with the liberal colloquialism "undocumented".

 

al·ien   [eyl-yuhn, ey-lee-uhn] noun 1. a resident born in or belonging to another country who has not acquired citizenship by naturalization ( distinguished from citizen).

 

undocumented - WTF, did the alien lose their documents or what?

WhiteGuiltObserver
WhiteGuiltObserver

Dallas Observer = 100% wimpy naive white guilt, 24/7.  Hey Anna Merlan, which white libtard hipster yuppie enclave of Dallas do you live in?   I suggest you move to the vacant house at Wayne Street and Ash, or Pleasant Grove, or perhaps the West Dallas neighborhood that the white libtard saviors are trying to "save" for the brownies who don't know any better and need a paternal white libtard "progressive advocacy journalist" to show them the way.  Why not?  What could possibly go wrong?

RTGolden
RTGolden

 @Pokey "Prosecutorial discretion is the doctrine of doing whatever the flip they want and calling it LEGAL."

 

Is it your intent to imply that President Obama's Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, who issued the 'prosecutorial discretion' policy to her subordinate agencies,  is doing whatever she wants and 'calling it legal'?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Her very best line: "Poor George.  He can't help it if he was born with a silver foot in his mouth!"

 

Next to Lloyd Bentsen's crushing comeback to Dan Quayle in the Veep debates, that may be the best thing a Texas politician ever said.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Ann Richards was so tone deaf she vetoed concealed carry.  That wasn't a gutsy decision, that was political suicide in Texas.

 

Ann Richards vetoing that bill was the main reason GWB became governor, and therefore POTUS.  

 

You still dig her so much?

James080
James080

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Really? The only thing I liked about her was that she was a one term governor.  Although it was ironic justice that she died of esophageal cancer after shilling for big tobacco as a lobbyist in Austin.

observist
observist topcommenter

 @WhiteGuiltObserver Nice job "liking" your own post... twice.  We're looking forward to a drop-off in your posts when you have to be back in class next week.

James080
James080

 @BalchSprings No, the liberal colloquialism is "migrant." Most illegal aliens have documents, they are generally either forgeries or stolen identities.

1dailyreader
1dailyreader

 @WhiteGuiltObserver Thank God Anna doesn't think like you.  And quit "liking" your own comments.  I guess no one else is going to though are they?

LibtardObserver
LibtardObserver

 @Robert888 What's hilarious is my insults are accurate, libtards like you really are naive sheltered goofy white-guilt wimps, and that's why my insults bother you so much, they hit you far too close to home.  Libtards hate it when their naivete is pointed out.  Your insults, however, have absolutely no basis in reality.

RTGolden
RTGolden

 @oakclifftownie He's an actual living learning experience.  Without his posts, I'd have never known I live in a high crime, undesirable neighborhood full of unsavory characters who want to 'white crime' me.  It's very hard to tell with all the bbq's, potluck's, and neighbors pitching in to help each other all the time.

coachbranden
coachbranden

@Anna_Merlan @rychhmo So you are going to delete a comment that you responded to and said was great?

GrandWizardObserver
GrandWizardObserver

 @LibtardObserver /WhiteGuiltObserver Do you rack up points the more times you use the term "libtard"? And if so, what do you win? A diamond encrusted confederate flag pin hand delivered by Trig Palin and Ann Coulter on a tandem bike?

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

 @WhiteGuiltObserver

 what difference does it make what neighborhood a person lives in?

 

your preoccupation with what neighborhood a person lives in says a ton more about your mental condition than it says about them.

WhiteGuiltObserver
WhiteGuiltObserver

 @1dailyreader Why?  Would I get attacked by blacks and mexicans for pointing out how blacks and mexicans commit tons of violent crimes at astounding rates?  That would kinda prove my point wouldn't it?

1dailyreader
1dailyreader

 @WhiteGuiltObserver What if someone drops you off in one of these neighborhoods and you can stand on your soapbox and shout your thoughts to everyone within listening distance.  You'd shit your pants wouldn't you?

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

 @WhiteGuiltObserver I'm a gay shock troop? Your ignorance of the demographics of Oak Cliff is as staggering as your posts are tedious.

SmotherBrother
SmotherBrother

 @WhiteGuiltObserver @WGO: Keep spreading the ignorant hate, you good Christian patriot.  Your Koch overlords couldn't be more pleased with your progress.

WhiteGuiltObserver
WhiteGuiltObserver

@Anna_Merlan Hey Anna Merlan, a while back a cop friend told me that the Mount Auburn neighborhood, where your partner in "journalism" and libtardism, Eric Nicholson, got shot with a paintball gun by oppressed teen youfs of color, while he was riding his bike to work like a good green "progressive", is at least 50% illegal alien in demographic makeup.  Why don't you move there since you feel so much for the illegals?  Your heart can bleed while you advocate in close comfort with your beloved gangbangers and assorted illegal criminals and vicious pit bulls.

WhiteGuiltObserver
WhiteGuiltObserver

 @Anna_Merlan I'm not talking about some white hipster libtard enclave like North Oak Cliff / Bishop Arts that has been gentrifying for over 20 years, thanks to the white gay shock troops.  I mean move to Dallas' blackest or most Mexican neighborhood.  Why not?  What is stopping you?  Think of all the amazing white-guilt "progressive advocacy" articles you could write based upon your deep diverse experiences with those "communities". 

WhiteGuiltObserver
WhiteGuiltObserver

 @Anna_Merlan  Anna, so what is stopping you from moving to Pleasant Grove or just south of Fair Park?  Those oppressed people in those whitey-blighted "communities" need your "uplifting"!  Get on it, hypocrite!

Anna_Merlan
Anna_Merlan

 @coachbranden I didn't delete it. I'm not a moderator and can't delete comments. Probably our web editor took it out; it was a spammy link to a website advertising psychics, prefaced with something about believing in aliens. It was funny, but ad spam is bad news. I knew, regretfully, that it would likely disappear and I would appear to be  talking to myself. 

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