Rick Perry Blames President Obama for Refugee Crisis, But GOP House Won't Pass Immigration Reform

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As the GOP's anti-immigration fervor reaches a fever pitch they are making even Glenn Beck seem like a candidate for the Humanitarian of the Year award.

Governor Perry has now called for the federal government to immediately deport all unaccompanied minors while also demanding that aid to their home countries be cut off until they stop appearing at the US border.

Beck told The Blaze of his plans to bring soccer balls, teddy bears and water to the border, “I've never taken a position more deadly to my career than this – and I have never, ever taken a position that is more right than this.” It is enough to make you wonder where all the supposed pro-life politicians in GOP have gone.

The harsh rhetoric coming from the Texas GOP Congressional delegation might explain why Beck fears for his career — see what they're saying below the jump…

Beck who for his part rarely agrees with President Obama said America must “open our hearts” to these children who are “caught in political crossfire…through no fault of their own.”

But Gov. Perry seems to know exactly who to blame. Perry, now calling for deployment of drones along the border, claims he has been asking for more boots on the ground for years — but how would that stop people from coming? It wouldn't, because what is currently happening is not an immigration problem it's a refugee crisis. These children are not just trying to escape not tough economic conditions but political instability and drug cartels. Most aren't coming from Mexico but Central American countries ravaged by the corruption of the drug war like Honduras, also known as the “murder capital” of the world.

Responding to Perry's request for a meeting with the President on the border Obama's spokesperson said, “He could probably be pretty useful. I hear he's a pretty persuasive fellow. He could pick up the phone and call some of those Republican members of Congress from Texas who are standing foursquare against common sense immigration reform.”

Below are some choice quotes to remind Perry who he should be meeting with if he wants to solve the real immigration issue. These are mostly are in response to the Senate's proposal for comprehensive immigration reform last year.

The “good”:

“The kids that are here and getting older, who are here through no fault of their own, we have to make sure they have the opportunity to get legal status.” – Rep. Ted Poe

“I support immigration. This is what this country was built on: The principles of immigration…The problem is, today, we haven't really updated our immigration policies in a long time and it really doesn't meet what I think are today's needs…And so how we do legal immigration in this country certainly needs reforming.” – Rep. Randy Neeubgebauer

“Immigration, like a lot of things, no one person will get the reform exactly the way they like it.  I am going to have to make some compromises, they are going to have to make some compromises”

“The people who would say that the illegal immigrants are displacing American workers rarely ever lay claim to that with respect to agricultural work,” – Rep. Michael Conaway

The bad:

“I personally think this is the wrong time from our standpoint to go forward on immigration,” he said. “It's an election year. I mean Texas is in the middle of primaries right now.”

“After years of hard work and countless meetings, we have reached a tipping point and can no longer continue working on a broad approach to immigration.”

- Rep. John Carter

“My deal is you start as far to the right as you can get, and go to the conference committee with the Senate, and hopefully end up with something you can live with,” – Rep. Blake Farenthold

“Republicans do need to make progress with Hispanic voters. But immigration is exactly the wrong subject to use to attract Hispanic support.” – Rep. Lamar Smith

“Legalizing illegal immigrants means amnesty and we will do everything in our power to stop it.” – Rep. John Culberson

“The proposals offered by President Obama and members of the Senate are not suitable solutions for America's broken immigration system. Both call for a 'path to citizenship' for the eleven million illegal immigrants presently in the United States.” – Rep. Kenny Marchant

The ugly:

“I am not pushing for immigration reform, I've been against amnesty my entire career…I'm just interested in getting the security piece done. And we have to do that, first and foremost.” – Rep. Michael McCaul

“Based on the president's record, the first lesson we can learn from the [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] implementation is you simply can't always believe what the president says,” Rep. Lamar Smith

“Implement a commonsense guest worker program based on the Bracero Program of 1950?s – can't bring family, no welfare, no social safety net programs that are already bankrupt, cross border legally with work permit, then go home.” – John Culberson

“…we must have a Department of Homeland Security that will clarify the “rules of engagement” so those who protect our border are empowered and emboldened to do this good work.” Rep. Pete Olson

“If you are here legally, you ought to be rewarded. If you are here illegally, you ought to be deported,” – Rep. Sam Johnson

Reagan allowed a million illegal immigrants at that time and after he did that two things happened: 1) they voted primarily and increasingly for the Democrats; 2) ten million more came in. The system is if we pass this it's going to increase illegal immigration and it's also going to turn Texas, Florida into Democrat states, we will never keep the White House and the entire agenda of Focus on the Family and Richard Land that is pro-life and all those things that we hold dear are going to be washed away because of the stupidity and the folly of granting citizenship to people who have not a clue about how our system is or the principles. They are saying here this is the rope, please put it around your neck and then jump off the tree and young hang yourself. It's just bizarre that we're so willingly doing that and a little bit frustrating.” — Rep. Steve Stockman

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Joe Deshotel

Joe was born and raised in Beaumont, Tx, but live music and politics brought him to Austin. He has worked in and around government and elections for over a decade including for a member of US Congress, the Texas Legislature, the Mayor of Austin. He currently serves as Communications Director for the Travis County Democratic Party. He is most interested in transportation, energy and technology issues. He also likes Texas Hold'em and commuting on his electric skateboard. Follow me on Twitter at @joethepleb.

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