Once again, it’s close but no cigar for Rick Perry.
Texas governor Rick Perry said Sunday Obama-administration immigration authorities are “either inept or don’t care” about the crisis of unaccompanied minor illegal immigrants.
In a combative exchange with host Martha Raddatz on ABC’s This Week, Perry said border guards are stretched too thin in the Lone Star State, and he cited the administration’s “catch-and-release policies” for driving a nearly threefold increase in the number of Central American children arriving at the border without adult guardians.
“What has to be addressed is the security of the border,” Perry said. “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 secure. And that’s the reason there’s been this lack of effort, this lack of focus, this lack of resources.”
Oh, he cares whether the border is secure or not, Rick; I guarantee you that. He thinks it shouldn’t be–and is willing to do whatever he must to see that it isn’t. Just ask your neighbors in Arizona about that one, they can tell ya quick enough. Later on in the interview Perry demonstrated that, despite the earlier near-miss, he does in fact get it:
Raddatz then accused Perry of positing a “conspiracy” to bring illegals into the United States, but Perry stood his ground, pointing out that he has been warning the administration since 2010 about the potential for a surge and sent Obama a letter about the specific issue of unaccompanied minors in May 2012 — to which the administration never responded.
“I have to believe, that when you do not respond in any way, that you are either inept or you have some ulterior motive that you’re functioning from,” Perry said.
Now you’re getting it.