Mitt Romney is about to test the Tea Party’s resolve on illegal immigration:

Mitt Romney starts to make the contrast with Rick Perry over immigration, an area where the Texas governor’s critics see an opening, in his remarks at the National Hispanic Assembly in Florida this morning.
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Romney urged “completing construction of a high-tech fence,” and pointed to another key issue: “Finally, we must stop providing the incentives that promote illegal immigration. As governor, I vetoed legislation that would have provided in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants.”

While he never mentioned Perry, the comment was designed to highlight the Texas bill, signed by Perry, permitting in-state tuition for some illegal immigrants.

Will the Tea Parties stomach Rick Perry’s open-borders stance? Or will they treat him “pretty ugly?”

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