(SAN ANTONIO) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry received a chilly response at a conference for elected and appointed Latino officials in San Antonio Thursday while he promoted his job growth agenda and attempted to stress the importance of diversity.
“You have a role model you can look up to, someone who proves that any obstacle can be overcome,” Perry said at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference, describing Texas as a land of opportunity. “That is especially true for a Hispanic child in Texas.”
Texas is nearing the end of its special legislative session, and state officials are debating a bill which would ban “sanctuary cities” in the state.
Protestors gathered outside the hotel where the governor spoke and some linked Perry’s plan that would permit local law enforcement officials to inquire about a person’s immigration status to the controversial immigration law in Arizona.
Perry also visited a Boeing manufacturing facility in San Antonio where he touted his economic initiatives in Texas but offered no indication of a run for president.
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