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Tuesday
Nov292011

Perry Talks Tough on Illegal Immigration, Scores Arpaio Endorsement

Toni Sandys/The Washington Post(AMHERST, N.H.) -- Gov. Rick Perry has come under fire from conservatives for some of his immigration policies, but with the endorsement of the infamous and conservative Sheriff Joe Arpaio from Arizona, Perry told voters in North Carolina he supports tough state laws that give local law enforcement new powers to combat illegal immigration.

“I call this a horrific policy, but the Obama administration has a catch and release policy where non-violent illegal aliens are released into the general public today. My policy will be to detain and to deport every illegal alien that we apprehend. That is how we stop that issue,” Perry said at a crowded Joey’s Diner on Tuesday off of Route 101A in New Hampshire.

Perry, who promised to be a “law and order president” and pledged to secure the border within one year of his inauguration, offered no exact plan for how he would deal with the illegal immigrants currently residing in the country, but stressed that he would not offer any type of amnesty.

“We have to identify everybody that’s here, and there’s going to be an appropriate discussion in Congress on how to deal with an individual who has been here maybe for some long period of time,” Perry said. “Amnesty is not on the table period. There will be no amnesty in the United States. We’re a country of law and the idea that we’re going to tell people that somehow or another that that’s all forgiven is not going to happen. How we deal with them is a conversation. I don’t know if I know all the answers. I want to talk to the American people.”

At the morning stop, Perry was endorsed by controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

“I like the governor, in fact I’ll say it right now -- it’s a pleasure and an honor to endorse you for president. One reason I like him, because he’s been fighting this battle as the governor. He doesn’t just talk about it. He does something about it,” Arpaio said. “I don’t know the governor that much, I’ve talked to him a few times, but to me he’s an honorable, ethical person with a great family. We need that too in Washington. He’s a fighter and I’m here to lend all my support to ensure that he becomes president of the United States.”

Arpaio declined repeated opportunities to address Perry’s support of in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants, saying it was a Texas issue. Arpaio is slated to join Perry at two town halls in Manchester and Derry Tuesday afternoon.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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