1) Texas governor and floundering GOP presidential candidate, Rick Perry, debunked on Tuesday the idea of offering amnesty to the estimated 11 million illegal aliens in the US. “Well, one of the things we’re not going to do is support amnesty. There’s not anybody that’s going to be — I don’t care whether you’ve been here 25 days or 25 years — there’s not going to be amnesty involved in the program,” Perry said on Fox’s Greta Van Susteren.

Perry’s claims were apparently aimed at surging GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.  Gingrich recently asked for a compassionate application of immigration laws and a form of amnesty for people with ties in the community. It would have been interesting to get a quote from the Gingrich camp, and it would have been interesting to get a quote from Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.  Sen. Rubio recently urged Republicans to tone down their rhetoric on immigration reform in they wish as a party to garner Hispanic support for the upcoming 2012 presidential election. Sen. Rubio is considered a VP candidate. Moreover, I am wondering how Perry’s views are playing back at Texas, where he has a strong Hispanic population and where he came under fire for granting illegal aliens college tuition breaks. Summary by Luis Perez

More information can be found at:http://bit.ly/vjhlO4

2) Former speaker of the House and GOP presidential candidate is being leveled for proposing amnesty and a compassionate approach the illegal immigration problem in the US. Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-California, who is the GOP chairman for the Illegal Immigration Caucus, called into question Gingrich’s idea and said that the speaker’s proposal is akin to “drilling a hole in the bottom of a sinking boat to let the water out.”

The story captures the explosive nature of the topic and it reflects, in varying degrees, the sentiment among most Republican circles on immigration. The story also quotes a US Congressman from Iowa who questions Gingrich’s understanding of the problem. The story is well written and incisive. It would have been interesting to get a quote or response from the Gingrich camp in this story; it seemed a tad one sided.

More information could be obtained on The Hill:http://bit.ly/rS7L4O