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Perry says he'd detain, deport every illegal apprehended

Union Leader Correspondent

November 29. 2011 2:11PM

AMHERST - Winning the endorsement of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Tuesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry echoed his stance on illegal immigration today in the Granite State, saying he would support a federal law to "detain and deport every illegal alien that we apprehend."

During a morning campaign stop at Joey's Diner, the presidential candidate said he would end the current catch-and-release policy that cuts loose nonviolent illegal immigrants.

Calling the policy "horrific," Perry said the future of America depends on the security of its borders. If elected, Perry said that one year after his inauguration the border with Mexico would be secure, with thousands of National Guard troops deployed and strategic fencing in high traffic areas.

'It is a federal responsibility to secure the borders,' Perry told a crowd of breakfast customers and members of the Amherst Republican Committee. The candidate said there is a need for full-time surge at the border.

He promised to be a 'law-and-order president,' stressing that amnesty is not on the table for illegal immigrants.

During Perry's visit to Amherst, Arpaio announced his endorsement for the presidential candidate, describing Perry as an honorable and ethical man with a great family. Arpaio called him a fighter, saying he is proud to support Perry during his campaign efforts in New Hampshire.

"I hope and I predict he will get to Washington," Arpaio said of Perry, adding he believes the Texas governor will do whatever he can to secure the border, as previous security initiatives by Perry have been successful in Texas.

Arpaio, often referred to as "America's Toughest Sheriff," said it is an honor and a pleasure to endorse Perry. Arpaio previously traveled to southern New Hampshire in September 2010 when he spoke at a Nashua Republican City Committee fundraiser where he was greeted by protesters.

Arpaio's department in Maricopa County, Ariz., has been under investigation for alleged discrimination against Hispanics, and at the time, some New Hampshire protesters called for the indictment of the sheriff saying his controversial methods of enforcing illegal immigration violate civil rights. Arpaio has since been under investigation by a federal grand jury for possible abuses of power and racial discrimination.

There were no protesters on Tuesday as the crowd applauded Arpaio during his brief speech.

'You are going to make it,' the sheriff told Perry. Other candidates, including Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain, previously met with Arpaio, but the sheriff said Perry was the best person to support given his record on combating illegal immigration.

Perry, saying it is an honor to be endorsed by Arpaio, explained there is much more to be done to prevent the illegal trafficking of people, weapons and drugs at the southern border.

Washington's priorities are "completely out of whack," said Perry, adding that instead of supporting states like Arizona that try to take steps to address the problem, the U.S. Department of Justice would rather take legal action.

He also called for the resignation or firing of Attorney General Eric Holder, calling his actions irresponsible and unacceptable. Holder allegedly had prior knowledge of the controversial Fast and Furious operation, which allowed weapons to be illegally purchased in the Pheonix area so that they could be tracked to gun traffickers and drug cartel leaders.

Also on his agenda if Perry is elected is a term limit for Supreme Court judges of 18 years. The candidate said lifetime appointments are not acceptable. He also encouraged the passing of a federal balanced budget amendment in Washington.


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