According to the report on Thursday’s debate, Rick Perry defended his pro-immigration views:
“If you say that we should not educate children that have come into our state for no other reason than they’ve been brought here by no fault of their own, I don’t think you have a heart,” Mr. Perry said. “We need to be educating these children because they will become a drag on our society.”
Former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania jumped into the dispute and said that Mr. Perry was “very weak on this issue.” He suggested that Mr. Perry had supported providing health insurance programs for illegal immigrants.
With that, Mr. Perry declared: “Have you ever even been to the border?”
He also said he opposed building a 1,200-mile fence because it would not work.