Unlike many of his red-state brethren leaders, Rick Perry is taking a stand against Arizona's latest anti-immigration law. The Texas governor-for-life has issued a statement indicating "concerns with portions of the law passed in Arizona" and believes "it would not be the right direction for Texas."
The Arizona provision makes it a state crime to be in the United States illegally and requires local and state law enforcement officers to question people about their immigration status if there's reason to suspect they're in the country illegally.
"For example," explains Perry, "some aspects of the law turn law enforcement officers into immigration officials by requiring them to determine immigration status during any lawful contact with a suspected alien, taking them away from their existing law enforcement duties, which are crucial to keeping citizens safe.
"Texas has a rich history with Mexico, our largest trading partner," he adds, "and we share more than 1,200 miles of border, more than any other state. As the debate on immigration reform intensifies, the focus must remain on border security and the federal government's failure to adequately protect our borders."
Perry isn't the first Texas conservative to back moderate immigration reform: In the 2007 State of the Union, compassionate conservative George W. Bush declared, "We need to uphold the great tradition of the melting pot that welcomes and assimilates new arrivals." Moreover, Perry has supported offering in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants.
Despite his diehard benevolence, Ricky P. is not above slaying a wild coyote with a laser-sighted pistol — or giving a glowing introduction to Sarah Palin at her Austin "culture for life" speech.