Rick Perry Will Threaten Reporters Who Point Out He Is Lying About Sanctuary Cities

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Rick Perry is so desperate to win re-election that he will threaten reporters who point out the truth.

For almost a year, Rick Perry and Texas Republicans have insisted that Houston is a sanctuary city. That is clearly and blatantly FALSE:

  • The Austin American-Statesman's PolitiFact Texas rated that claim FALSE.
  • An exhaustive investigative report by the Texas Tribune showed that the City of Houston and the state of Texas have practically identical policies, writing that:

    A comparison of Houston's policy under White and that of the Texas Department of Public Safety under Perry reveals little difference between the two — and their respective rationales are almost identical. So if Houston is a sanctuary city, is Texas a sanctuary state?

  • The Houston Chronicle has debunked this claim, as well, pointing out that:

    Perry's stone-casting has drawn attention to the state's own shortcomings in combating illegal immigration. It also reveals inconsistencies in the governor's position on immigration enforcement that suggest his stance is based more on (surprise!) politics than principle.

When confronted about his lie by Evan Smith in his hour-long interview ten days ago, Rick Perry could not explain his lie. Instead, he threatened Evan Smith — saying that he and anyone else who try to point out Perry's blatant hypocrisy would be “treading on thin ice.” Watch for yourself below:

Learn more of the truth from the Bill White campaign's fact-checking website Shoot Straight Texas.


About Author

Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.

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