Gov. Perry got into a little trouble this week for saying that Texans would treat Fed. Chairman Bernanke “pretty ugly” if he came to Texas. I hate to tell him but he better be glad  he got out of Alabama before the Alabama GOP leadership found out he was a “liberal.” While he received rave reviews and accolades for his speech on Friday to the ALGOP, they would probably have treated him “pretty ugly” if they had known that he opposed the Arizona immigration law. Explaining his opposition, he said:

For example, some aspects of the law turn law enforcement officers into immigration officials by requiring them to determine immigration status during any lawful contact with a suspected alien, taking them away from their existing law enforcement duties, which are critical to keeping citizens safe.

He failed to include that in his speech; good to know your audience.

If he really wanted to get a rouse out of the crowd though, he should have suggested, as he did in 2007, that he supports a:

free flow of individuals between these two countries who want to work and want to be an asset to our country and to Mexico.

Certainly, he supports mandatory E-verify then? According to Perry:

E-Verify would not make a hill of beans’ difference when it comes to what’s happening in America today. You secure the border first, then you can talk about how to identify individuals in an immigration situation.

And if it had come out that he was a DREAMer, they would have run him out of the building with derisive shrieks of “amnesty.”

Most significantly, he signed a Texas version of the DREAM Act back in 2001, allowing foreign-born children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition for college if they have lived in the state for three years prior to graduating high school. He explained, “We must say to every Texas child learning in a Texas classroom, ‘We don’t care where you come from, but where you are going, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get there.’ And that vision must include the children of undocumented workers.

As discussed in an editorial entitled “Rick Perry not a true conservative.”

When he first took office as governor in 2001, Perry went to Mexico and bragged about his law that granted “the children of undocumented workers” special in-state tuition at Texas colleges, the first state in the nation to do so.

“The message is simple,” Perry concluded, “educacion es el futuro, y si se puede.” Education is the future, and (echoing Cesar Chavez’s slogan) yes we can.]

Speaking of “amnesty,” Perry said:

The truth is, I am intrigued and open to the Bush administration’s amnesty proposal. Most Texans would agree that it’s better to have legal, taxpaying immigrants from Mexico working in the United States than illegal immigrants living in fear of the law and afraid to access basic services.

Can you imagine him saying these things to the ALGOP.  After the truth comes out, they may rescind his straw-poll victory. After all he must be “part of the problem or ill-educated on the issues.” After all, according to ALGOP, only “liberals” oppose Arizona-style anti-immigration laws (see here, here, here).

(Now that I think about it: he is obviously not “conservative”, he speaks Spanish, is dark complected, is from Texas, and was traveling to South Carolina, a hotbed of illegal immigrants. There is “reasonable suspicion” to believe Rick Perry is “illegal.” He should have at least been detained until he could prove his legal status)

If the words have any meaning, Gov. Perry is obviously a “conservative” by any standard. Maybe, we can leave the ad hominem labeling out of the argument now. Opposition to HB56 is not a liberal-conservative thing.