Rick Perry's kinder, gentler view on illegal immigrants: Will it cost him?
- September 14, 2011
- Louis DeSipio, Chicano/Latino studies and political science associate professor, is quoted in the Christian Science Monitor and Minnesota Post September 13, 2011
From the Christian Science Monitor:
[Rick] Perry's stance toward immigrants is similar to that of George W. Bush, another Texas governor and presidential aspirant who likewise was attacked for his moderate solutions to immigration reform, such as guest worker programs. Mr. Bush endured the attacks and won the presidency, but Perry, who polls show is the current front-runner, may face a more difficult time. "What changed [since then] is [that] the base of the Republican Party is much more concerned about unauthorized immigration," says Louis DeSipio, a political scientist at the University of California at Irvine. "Where Bush was able to distinguish himself as a new type of Republican, a 'compassionate conservative,' it's not going to be so easy for Governor Perry this year."
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