Outgoing Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue said Wednesday at an interview to the Associate Press that his fellow Republicans need to choose their words carefully when it comes to the emotionally charged debate over immigration.
While Purdue declined to say whether he thought Georgia should adopt an Arizona-style immigration law, he said that his party needs to avoid 'a gang-type mentality' that could be harmful to those 'who want the American dream.'
Perdue was the governor who signed the law in 2006 checking on immigrants' status and was tough on immigration during his re-election campaign.
Now he said 'We can love all people while loving the law and expecting the law to be fulfilled and that's a tricky balance,' -- did he become softer on immigration? Does he actually love immigrants? I think that his implementation of these policies did not follow that "love".
On one point, I do agree with him, that: '(Immigration) is a very emotive, emotion-filled topic that I think sometimes gets us out there where our hearts really aren't,' as he said.
In the November 2 elections Republicans again took the majority in the GA house and senate -- and every single one of these majority elected officials is also a white male. Perdue said that over the long term that lack of diversity could pose a problem for the Republican Party in a state where minority populations are increasing: 'The Republican Party needs to be very, very careful that it maintains the golden rule in its rhetoric regarding immigration policy,' and added that the GOP needs to ensure that 'people of color and people who are not U.S.-born' feel welcome. Well, too little rhetoric, a bit too late... Why did he not advocate for immigrants' rights when he was acting governor?