While presidential wannabe Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry touts his record on undocumented immigrants to woo Hispanic voters, his supporters are not doing him any favors in winning American Indian voters.
An article in the Huffington Post today, September 28, says Perry called his Republican rivals “heartless” and used ethnically charged language to defend his “moderate” immigration record. As a border-state governor, Perry has made a concerted effort for the past 10 years to gain the favor of Hispanics, the fastest-growing minority group in the country, but now he has to defend his policies to Republican supporters who are staunchly opposed to undocumented immigration, much like George W. Bush did when he ran for the White House, the HuffPost says.
In 2001, Perry supported a Texas law that allows undocumented immigrant children to receive in-state tuition at Texas universities if they meet certain requirements and he insisted that a border fence is not a good way to stop undocumented immigrants from entering the United States. In a series of debates this last month, Perry’s rivals used his policies to paint him as weak on undocumented immigration. He countered attacks from Mitt Romney, his chief rival, and from Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, by saying, “If you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they’ve been brought there by no fault of their own, I don’t think you have a heart.”
Meanwhile, Perry supporter Cindy Jacobs appears in a YouTube video (below) posted by Right Wing Watch, praising Perry’s August 6 cluster-prayer event, The Response, for breaking the curse of American Indian cannibalism. She says: “So you go and so you study the area and you find out what happened, what did the indigenous people worship, you know? And…and…and. . .if they did blood sacrifice, like, we found some areas where they were very violent because the former culture was a murderous violent …like in Texas here and all the coast around Houston and Galveston and some other areas the Native American people were cannibals, you know? And they ate people. And so you could see a manifestation of that in the churches where people turned against people and kinda cannibalized other people’s ministries. So there’s been a lot of prayer over that in Houston, Texas. They’ve done a lot of intercession over that and broke the curses on the land and we just had a prayer meeting in Houston a little week ago, the governor of Texas really as an individual instigated this. Thirty-five thousand people showed up to pray and . . . so what happened, the land is starting to rejoice, you see, because of that prayer.”
It’s doubtful whether the Texas Forest Service would agree with Jacob’s opinion that the land is rejoicing. According to the Associated Press, the wildfires that broke out after “The Response” and spread widely in Texas have cost $152 million in agriculture losses alone, including nearly three million acres of scorched pasture.