Bachmann to hit Perry on immigration in Perry, Iowa

Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign moves into Perry, Iowa, this weekend, a town 20 miles northwest of Des Moines, where she’s expected to take on Texas Gov. Rick Perry for his stand on immigration.

The Des Moines Register says that Perry’s immigration policies don’t play well with some conservatives in Perry, and it’s unlikely to see “Perry for Perry” signs on the street.

And Bachmann will play on that Saturday at the Hotel Pattee in Perry, with a rally called: “Bachmann Takes It To Perry Rally.”

Bachmann campaign spokeswoman Alice Stewart is quoted saying:

“Perry, Iowa, is dealing with the consequences of our weak immigration laws. It’s fitting for Michele to go there and highlight her strong stance on immigration reform, which includes building a fence, enforce existing laws, no amnesty, and no magnets to lure illegals to this country.”

Some Perry residents, though, told the paper that immigration isn’t that big an issue anymore in the town:

All those quoted in this article said that they believe illegal immigration is no longer a serious problem in Perry, and that they greatly appreciate the Hispanic families living here legally and contributing to the local economy and neighborhood life. Hispanics made up 35 percent of Perry’s population of 7,702 as of the 2010 census, up from about 2 percent 20 years ago.

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  1. Submitted by James Hamilton on 10/12/2011 - 01:43 pm.

    Doesn’t Rep Bachmann oppose enforcement of laws against hiring illegal aliens and requiring employers to use the federal data base to check SS numbers given be new employees? Sounds like magnets to me. But then, I’m not seeking office by appealing to people’s bigotry.

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