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Friday, June 10, 2011

Rick Perry getting Resistance from the Right on Sanctuary Cities Crackdown?

This can't be, can it? Texas governor, to the delight of conservatives who want to crack down on sanctuary cities put tough legislation on the agenda for the current special legislative session, which was brought about by a Democrat who filibustered a bill that could not be left unresolved. It was a huge win for conservatives who want a law similar to Arizona's SB 1070 with just enough nuance to possibly fly under the radar. Apparently a GOP group is chiding Perry for putting the legislation on the proverbial docket.

Via the Texas Tribune:
A series of email exchanges between Republican Party boosters and the office of Gov. Rick Perry indicate some conservatives believe passing the contentious “sanctuary cities” bill may cripple efforts to recruit more Hispanics to their ranks.

The correspondence signals a potential rift between Perry, who appears intent on addressing immigration issues during the current special session, and some of the party’s backers as rumors surrounding a possible Perry presidential run continue to swirl.

“At the end of the day you should understand that Hispanic voters will not support a party that wants to deport their mother and father,” Norman Adams, the co-founder of Texans for Sensible Immigration Policy and a member of Texas GOP Vote, a conservative website, wrote to Ray Sullivan, Perry’s chief of staff. The messages are part of an email exchange that began June 2 and were obtained by the Tribune.
Frankly, Norman Adams has no business calling himself a Republican. A law that prohibits municipalities from implementing policies that prevent police officers from checking on the immigration status of individuals they stop for unrelated reasons is beyond 'sensible,' especially when those officers have every reason to suspect that the person they stop - who has no driver's license and can't speak english - might be an illegal alien.

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