Statements about Immigration
Says that in 2001, Rick Perry spoke favorably of binational health insurance between Mexico and Texas.
Says only four Texas legislators voted against a law giving in-state tuition rates to certain illegal immigrants.
Says Rick Perry "provided in-state tuition... for illegal immigrants."
On applying prosecutorial discretion to immigration cases.
Says states that passed anti-illegal-immigrant legislation also had few Hispanic legislators.
Says Rick Perry "turned down our invitation to meet" President Barack Obama in El Paso.
The "six largest cities in Ohio all have higher rates of violence and crime than every major city along the U.S.-Mexico border."
Says that during the first 19 months of the Obama administration, the U.S. detained people from nations designated as state sponsors of terrorism on the southwestern border.
"In Mexico, they don't have birth certificates... they don’t have registration cards for voters. They have one national ID."
"Last year, out of the 500,000 (in) population growth we had in the state of Texas, about 250,000 of the 500,000 came to Texas... from the other 49 states."
"In the last five years, 28,000 people have been killed along the U.S.-Mexico border."
Once people become citizens under the DREAM Act "and turn 21, they can sponsor their illegal immigrant parents for legalization."
"An overwhelming majority of Americans support passage of the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented youth willing to work for a college degree or serve in our armed forces."
Under the DREAM Act, after two years of higher education or military service "you are eligible for citizenship. Once a citizen, this paves the way to bring the rest of (your) extended family to the United States."
Says over 25 percent of the Texas budget funds services to non-U.S. citizens.
"I had five of my citizens that were killed last week" because of border security problems.
Says that under Gov. Rick Perry, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers have had "standing orders" not to inquire into the immigration status of people unless they're under arrest.
"More lives have been lost because of the war with the drug cartels in Juarez alone, just a few blocks from the United States of America, than have been lost in the war in Afghanistan."
On hearings about automatic citizenship provision in U.S. Constitution.
"Over 81 percent of the babies that are born at LBJ Hospital right here in Houston are born of women who are not here legally."
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