POSTED: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 3:46pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 5:00pm
NBC NEWS — In Monday night's GOP Presidential Debate, Texas Governor Rick Perry defended his decision to grant in-state college tuition rates to certain illegal immigrant students.
Perry argued that young people brought to the U.S. through no choice of their own, and who are pursuing citizenship and an education deserve a chance to be productive Texas residents.
His debate opponents blasted the policy, arguing it rewards law-breaking and takes advantage of America's generosity.
"The bottom line is it doesn't make any difference what the sound of your last name is. That is the American way- no matter how you got into that state, from the standpoint if your parents brought you there or what have you,” stated Perry. “And that's what we've done in the state of Texas. I'm proud that we are having those individuals be contributing members of our society rather than telling them, ‘You go be on the government dole.’”
Perry again defended this policy to reporters this morning, saying what works in Texas may not be appropriate for other states.
All the controversy aside, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal endorses the Texas Governor Rick Perry for the GOP presidential nomination.
Jindal made his support official at the republican debate last night in Tampa, FL.
What does that mean for Jindal's role as governor of Louisiana?
Governor Bobby Jindal has not officially accepted any offers nor suggested that he will run for national office.