Perry Talks about Confronting Illegal Immigration

By: Steve Peoples AP
By: Steve Peoples AP

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Rick
Perry says he is open to sending American troops to Mexico to help
battle drug cartels.

Perry, the Texas governor, likens the situation to Colombia,
where the government accepted American military support in battling
the war on drugs.

Perry says the current violence may require similar military

He often calls for more National Guard troops to help protect
the Mexican border and stem the flow of illegal immigration. But
Saturday's comments go further. They indicate he's open to
deepening America's military involvement across the border.

Perry's comments came at a Saturday afternoon reception at the
home of New Hampshire Republican gubernatorial candidate Ovide

A spokesman later clarified that Perry is open to all options to
cooperate with Mexico.

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) -- Republican presidential contender Rick
Perry is in New Hampshire and he's promoting his years of
experience taking on illegal immigration.

That's a new strategy from the Texas governor and it's designed
to blunt criticism from rivals that he's soft on immigration, which
is an important issue for GOP primary voters.

There's growing criticism about a Texas policy that allows
illegal immigrants to get in-state tuition rates at state colleges.

The issue came up Saturday during Perry's latest town hall
meeting in New Hampshire.

Dave Connors, a 67-year-old local small business owner, says
Perry's support for the policy doesn't make sense.

Perry says no candidate has a stronger record of securing the
border than him. He says others may criticize, but as a border
governor, he's had to take action.

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