Leading a large delegation of
Texasexecutives trying to drum up business in , Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday criticized the U.S. Congress for failing to pass an immigration bill that would legalize millions of workers. Mexico
"I don't think this is that difficult an issue if Congress would have the maturity to sit down and really discuss it and cut out all the mean rhetoric," Perry said during a break in the third day of meetings with Mexican officials and business executives.
Perry's statements seemed to put him at odds with many in the Republican Party's base who regarded the immigration overhaul bill that collapsed in the Senate in June as nothing more than an amnesty for illegal immigrants.
By mean rhetoric Perry probably is referring to statements like this by Republican Tom Tancredo.
We are destroying the concept of citizenship itself.
, and indeed Western civilization, are in a crisis. America
Or this by Mitt Romney
"McCain-Kennedy isn't the answer," Romney said in a well-received speech to conservatives in
this month, describing it as an amnesty plan that would reward people for breaking the law and cost taxpayers millions to provide them benefits. Washington