Last updated on: 1/21/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Rick Perry Biography

Title:
47th Governor of Texas
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“We need those individuals to continue to grow our economy…

If you show up illegally, without your card or you’re here as a criminal element, I’m for throwing the book at those folks, but the issue of people who want to legally, thoughtfully and appropriately come to America to work and help us build our economy — we should quickly come up with a program and an identification card to do that…

We know how to deal with border security, and you don’t do it by building a fence.”

“Texas Gov Says U.S. Needs Migrants, Not Border Wall,” Reuters, Aug. 28, 2007

[Editor’s Note: Rick Perry expressed a Con E-Verify position during a Jan. 29, 2010 Republican primary gubernatorial debate, then made a Pro E-Verify statement during a Dec. 3, 2014 press conference.]

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to immigration. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to immigration.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 47th Governor of Texas (Republican), Dec. 21, 2000-Jan. 20, 2015
  • Lieutenant Governor of Texas, 1999-2000
  • Former Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, 1991-1999
  • Member, Texas House of Representatives, 1985-1991
  • Former President, Texas State Senate
  • Former Member, Texas State Board of Education
  • Lifetime Member, American Legion Post #75
Education:
  • BS, Animal Science, Texas A&M University, 1972
Other:
  • Assumed the office of Governor in Dec. 2000 when then-Governor George W. Bush resigned to prepare for his inauguration as President of the United States.
Quoted in:
  1. Should the United States Continue to Build a Fence or Wall along the US/Mexico Border?