Gov. Rick Perry On ABC News: Influx Of Refugee Children Are An Obama Border Conspiracy

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Gov. Rick Perry went on ABC News this weekend to share with the rest of the country several things they may not yet know about him. But, what ended up truly catching people's attention was his senseless rant about the Obama administration. The rant was so ridiculous that ABC's This Week host Martha Raddatz had to cut off Perry at the end.

Because according to Perry, there's more than meets the eye when it comes to the recent influx of refugee children on the border. And, surely, the Obama administration must be behind it all.

Video and transcript below the jump.Perry's conspiracy rant begins around the 3:00 minute mark of the video. Raddatz mentions Perry's earlier interview with Fox News, where Perry suggests the Obama administration “is in on this” behind coordinating the children's arrival to the border. Not sure if Perry has ever heard of a human smuggler, or coyotes.

Transcript from ABC's 'This Week':

RADDATZ: Now, we turn to Texas Governor Rick Perry, who also testified at that special hearing this week.

You heard what the bishop said. He talks about compassion. You're a religious man.

What do you do about this?

GOV. RICK PERRY (R), TEXAS: Well, for over two years, we've drawn the attention of this issue to this administration. As a matter of fact, in May of 2012, we sent a letter, laid out what was happening with the unaccompanied minors that were showing up at the border. And we told them, we said, if you do not address this, here is what's going to happen.

And we're seeing that become reality today. This is a failure of diplomacy. It is a failure of leadership from the administration in Washington, DC. And it was — messages have been sent now for multiple years.

In — in 2010, I asked for the president to put 1,000 National Guard troops in place along the border to secure the border so that we could train up 3,000 Border Patrol agents to augment and to permanently secure that border.

RADDATZ: You just heard the…

PERRY: That has been the…

RADDATZ: — you heard the commissioner…

PERRY: — the real issue.

RADDATZ: — of the Customs and Border Patrol say he is confident they have enough resources on the border. They've added…

PERRY: He is…

RADDATZ: — people.

PERRY: — he is absolutely and totally wrong. For one thing, there is a Border Patrol agent — I should say, 15 Border Patrol agents per mile from El Paso to California. In Texas, that number is seven Border Patrol agents totally per mile. So the idea that there's equity and there's enough Border Patrol agents is totally and absolutely…

RADDATZ: But — but…

PERRY: — incorrect.

RADDATZ: — but Governor, this — this is about a law. This isn't necessarily about Border Patrol. This is about a law. You heard in Jim Avila's piece, they have to let these people into the country when they're from non-contiguous nations, when they're from Central America or South America.

Should that law be changed?

PERRY: The rule of law is that “The Constitution” requires the United States to secure the border. And we're not doing that. We haven't done it for years. And we are paying a huge price.

When you have catch and release policies that send…

RADDATZ: But — but, Governor, please…

PERRY: — a message to people…

RADDATZ: — go back to the law…

PERRY: — in Central America…

RADDATZ: — the 2008 law that was signed into law by George Bush.

Isn't this is a backlog in the courts?

Doesn't that have to be addressed first?

PERRY: What has to be addressed is the security of the border. You know that. I know that. The president of the United States knows that. I don't believe he particularly cares whether or not the border of the United States is — is secure.

And that's the reason there's been this lack of effort, this lack of focus, this lack of resources…

RADDATZ: He's telling people not to come.

PERRY: — and…

RADDATZ: He's telling them in ads not to come into the United States, not to leave their homes.

PERRY: About — about five years too late would be my response to that. The president has sent powerful messages time after time…

RADDATZ: You know, Governor…

PERRY: — by his policies, by nuances, that it is OK to come to the United States and you can come across and you'll be accepted in open arms. That is the real issue.

Rant begins here:

RADDATZ: But, Governor, you've made — I — I want to go back to an interview you did on Fox News. You re— you recently made some pretty serious allegations against the federal government.

Let's — let's listen to what you said to Fox News.


PERRY: The federal government is just absolutely failing. We either have an incredibly inept administration, or they're in on this somehow or another. I mean I hate to be conspiratorial, but I mean how do you move that many people from Central America across Mexico and then into the United States without there being a fairly coordinated effort?


RADDATZ: Governor, do you really believe there's some sort of conspiracy to get people into the United States by the federal government, by the Obama administration?

PERRY: When I have — when I have written a letter that is dated May of 2012, and I have yet to have a response from this administration, I will tell you they either are inept or don't care, and that is my position.

We have been bringing to the attention of President Obama and his administration since 2010, he received a letter from me on the tarmac. He sends — I have to believe that when you do not respond in any way, that you are either inept, or you have some ulterior motive of which you are functioning from.

So the issue is, this president understands now that we have a huge problem on our southern border. We have to deal with it. And I don't think you're going to be able to address it until you put the resources there, and that's boots on the ground. We're asking for the FAA to allow for drones to be used.

Unless we secure our southern border, this is going to continue to be a massive amount of individuals that are coming to the United States. And, frankly, we don't have a place to house them as it is. And if we have a major event, a hurricane that comes in to the Gulf Coast, I don't have a place to be housing people who are displaced.

RADDATZ: OK, governor, I'm going to have to stop you there.

PERRY: This administration is housing them.

RADDATZ: I'm going to have to stop you there. But thank you very much for joining us.

PERRY: Martha, thank you. Yes, ma'am.

Powerful allegations from such a paranoid little man.

Perry is wrong on so many levels.

First, there has long been an illegal system of human smuggling set in place to transport people into our country. Hence, the reason why the arrival of these children seems so “coordinated.” Because it is. But, not thanks to Pres. Obama.

Secondly, in this crisis, it does not make a difference whether we have 1 boot or 1 million boots on the ground along the border. The children arriving to our country are freely giving themselves up to border patrol agents. Because walking up to agents assures their safety. The more agents, the more arms these young refugees have to walk up to.

Lastly, even if militarizing our border was the solution, we'd have more than enough resources by now had Republicans not killed immigration reform in the House. The reform bill passed in the Senate alone included security measures costing taxpayers an initial price tag of $47 billion.

Perhaps if Perry managed to convince his fellow Republicans to decriminalize marijuana, drug-related violence in Latin America would ease and these young children would actually have a home to remain in. Until we fix our failed drug and immigration policies, no amount of walls or boots on the ground will free us from the mess our country has helped create in Latin America.


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Omar Araiza

Staff writer Omar Araiza covers immigration, Latino voters, the U.S.-Mexico border, and LGBT issues. He is a proud South Texas native, born and raised in the lower Rio Grande Valley. Omar tweets from @AraizaTX.

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