|FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2011, photo, Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry addresses the Republican Leadership Conference at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Mich. He calls his rivals heartless and defends moderate parts of his immigration record with ethnically charged language. But Perrys strategy may endear the Texas governor to Hispanics even as it angers others the presidential candidate must woo to win. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)|
Perry says he'd stop drug trafficking, violence
WASHINGTON—Texas Gov. Rick Perry is defending his policy of allowing tuition assistance for illegal immigrants at state colleges and universities, saying the lack of a cohesive federal immigration policy forced his hand.
Perry tells CNBC in an interview that "we need to have an immigration policy that's thoughtful."
The Republican says that when he embraced the concept of tuition assistance in 2001 for illegal immigrants, he believed "it was in the best interest of our state to have these young people educated than kicking them to the curb."
Perry also says that if elected president, he would solve the problem of drug trafficking, illegal immigration and violence along the southern border of the U.S. He declares that "we will stop the drug cartels and we will stop the illegal immigration."