McALLEN, Texas - Texas Gov. Rick Perry has many rock-solid
conservative credentials. But he may have an Achilles' heel on
If Perry runs for president, as is widely expected, he will
undoubtedly focus on Texas' relatively healthy economy, its low
taxes and his record in creating jobs in the 11 years he's been
What he may find himself explaining is how illegal immigrants
have contributed to that success, adding tens of billions of
dollars a year to the state gross product and enjoying such
benefits as in-state tuition at public universities.
Some tea party conservatives who like Perry on other issues
would oppose him on this. One anti-immigration activist in North
Carolina says Perry is part of the problem.
Perry's spokeswoman says he's been a strong advocate for border
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