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On immigration, a Democrat has kind words for GOP's Rick Perry (VIDEO)

Presidential candidate Rick Perry is right to back a Texas law that lets students who are illegal immigrants pay in-state tuition rates, said Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley at a Monitor breakfast.

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Republican-bashing was the order of the day when Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, spoke with reporters Thursday – except when it came to GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry and one of his Texas immigration policies.

Governor O'Malley went out of his way to praise Governor Perry for supporting a 2001 Texas law that allows some illegal immigrants to attend college at in-state tuition rates.

But when O’Malley was asked about Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, he want out of his way to praise the Texas Governor for supporting a 2001 Texas law that allows some illegal immigrants to attend college at in-state tuition rates.

"One thing I do like about Perry, I do like the fact that he recognizes that fair is fair and if a family’s paying in-state taxes, they should pay in-state tuition. I agree with that and I think he’s right in making that assertion. I think the people of Texas are right,” OMalley said at a Monitor-hosted breakfast with political reporters. “Just because Congress can’t get things done and just because we can’t overcome our current affliction of xenophobia and have a rational immigration policy again, is no reason to condemn hardworking kids and people that are trying to play by the rules.”

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