Governor Rick Perry went on CNN's State of the Union this week to gain more media exposure regarding his recent political theatrical stunts on the border crisis and immigration.
During the interview, host Candy Crowley put Perry on the spot on his decision to send the National Guard down to the border, and how people are saying Perry is only doing so out of personal motives to run for president again in 2016.
“And, Governor, to those who say that you're calling up of the National Guard in Texas is a part of your road to become president and to run for president again, your response is?” asked Crowley.
The question gave Perry the perfect opportunity to come up with one of his most absurd claims yet: Linking Central American child refugees and other immigrants to terrorists from South Asia.
Transcript of video:
CROWLEY: And, Governor, to those who say that you're calling up of the National Guard in Texas is a part of your road to become president and to run for president again, your response is?
PERRY: I'm the governor of the state of Texas. My citizens' safety is what is foremost here. And it hasn't got anything to do with anything other than those numbers of individuals who are coming across the border.
And when you think about the idea that some of them are from countries that have substantial terrorist ties, whether it's Pakistan or Afghanistan or Syria, we are at historic record highs with individuals being apprehended from those countries.
We say it's time to secure the border. Hasn't got anything to do with anything, other than the American citizens expect Washington to respect the Constitution and secure the border, one of the things that's actually enumerated in the Constitution. We'd like for them to do their duty.
CROWLEY: Governor Rick Perry, as always, I thank you for joining us. Appreciate your time.
PERRY: Thank you, Candy. You're welcome.
Despite Crowley not having enough time left to fact-check Perry's absurd claims, according to PolitiFact, Perry's claims were just flat out wrong:
Perry said the United States is at “historic record highs” of individuals being apprehended on the border from countries with terrorist ties such as “Pakistan or Afghanistan or Syria.”
The most recent data does not show record apprehensions of individuals from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria or any other designated terrorist countries, nor does it show an upward trend in apprehensions of individuals from those areas. Even if it did, many apprehensions of people from these areas happen at airports rather than land borders.
We rate Perry's claim Pants on Fire.
Someone really needs to show Rick Perry a geography map.
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