Rick Perry gets a scolding for saying Obama doesn’t want to do anything about border security

posted at 12:31 pm on July 6, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has some nerve. He had the gall to assert in an appearance on ABC’s This Week that the virtual refugee crisis on America’s southern border is not simply a legal problem but a problem of border security. Moreover, Perry seemed to be getting the tinfoil hat treatment when he stood by his claim that the White House doesn’t seem to mind this crisis all that much.

Perry began his contentious interview about border security with ABC’s Martha Raddatz by outlining the multiple petitions he sent Washington seeking redress for the issue of unaccompanied minors crossing the border illegally.

Perry insisted, while conceding that Texas currently has seven border patrol agents per mile, it is not enough.

“This is about a law,” Raddatz pushed back. “This isn’t necessarily about border patrol, this is about a law.” She noted that migrant children from non-contiguous nations, like Honduras and El Salvador, must be taken into the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services in order to comply with a law which George W. Bush signed in 2008 and which Barack Obama is seeking to amend.

Perry didn’t take the bait. “The rule of law is that the Constitution requires the United States to secure the border,” he said.

Raddatz pressed. “Isn’t this a backlog in the courts,” she asked. “Doesn’t that have to be addressed first?”

It does seem self-evidently true that the law protecting migrant children would not come into play if those migrant children were unable to pierce America’s border security so easily. This point did not get a thorough parsing, however, because Perry committed a cardinal sin in the next breath when he suggested that malicious negligence on Obama’s part was at play.

“I don’t believe he particularly cares whether or not the border of the United States is secure,” Perry claimed.

“He’s telling people not to come,” Raddatz interjected. “He’s telling them in ads not to come into the United States.”

“About five years too late,” Perry laughed.

Things began to get tense when Raddatz asked Perry to answer for comments he made on Fox News suggesting there is what she characterized as a “conspiracy” to allow illegal immigrants to enter the U.S.

“They either are inept or don’t care,” the Texas governor insisted.

Raddatz is a strong interviewer, host, and moderator, and the adversarial approach should be applied to both Democrats and Republicans. Perry got a good grilling here, and that serves the audience far better than the accommodating lines of questioning and profile packages which sometimes must suffice for hard-hitting Sunday morning programming.

This was, however, an odd line of questioning to adopt that aggressive posture. The desperate Nicaraguan parents who endeavor to undertake the journey to the United States are not aware of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. Even if they are, it is just one of a handful of incentives which keep immigrants flooding over the border. The circumstances these immigrants are escaping are all the incentive they need to make the journey north.

Some say that is an argument for immigration reform, and it is. It is also an argument for increased border security – security which cannot be thwarted by, as the documentarian Alexandra Pelosi documented, tools as simple as a ladder.


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Who is John Galt on July 6, 2014 at 7:48 PM

I agree the IRS thing is pretty terrible, but I was thinking Rubicon = Rio Grande. Both are muddy rivers. Plus, Caesar had been up to all sorts of shenanigans before, but crossing the Rubicon was when he actually marched his army on Rome. If I remember correctly…. It’s been awhile since history class.

bitsy on July 6, 2014 at 8:13 PM

If I remember correctly…. It’s been awhile since history class.

bitsy on July 6, 2014 at 8:13 PM

You remember correctly.

But it was the March on Rome that galvanized the Opposition, not the innocuous crossing of a small symbolic river.

Obama has been constantly pissing on us, and it has over the years built into a small river. Soon, if not already, it’s large enough to be named “Rubicon”.

And we will cross it, as well.

Who is John Galt on July 6, 2014 at 9:20 PM

The desperate Nicaraguan parents who endeavor to undertake the journey to the United States are not aware of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008.

Bullhockey! There are handbills and news stories circulating down there that tell them if they get to the US, they won’t be sent home. No, they don’t know the name of any particular legislation, but they sure as he!! know it’s there!

Even if they are, it is just one of a handful of incentives which keep immigrants flooding over the border. The circumstances these immigrants are escaping are all the incentive they need to make the journey north.

Bullhockey, again! They have to know that they will be able to make it stick. If they journey all the way up here, only to be sent back, then there is NO incentive to come. This isn’t a holiday road trip for them. This is a rather arduous journey, and they have to know it won’t be for naught. This is what 0bama has wrought!

GWB on July 6, 2014 at 9:30 PM

If Perry really must wear those glasses, I’m hoping sometime he’ll he pull the old Steve Allen gag – whip off the glasses and rips open his shirt to reveal a Superman costume.

whatcat on July 6, 2014 at 9:46 PM

This would be the same Rick Perry who said during the 2008 Presidential campaign that folks who opposed amnesty “didn’t have a heart”?

bluesdoc70 on July 6, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Our own Pravda at work!

Krupnikas on July 6, 2014 at 10:27 PM

bluesdoc70 on July 6, 2014 at 10:27 PM

You have it wrong. Rick Perry said that if an illegal alien had gone through public school from K to 12, and then you wanted them to pay out-of-state tuition, you had no heart.

Al in St. Lou on July 6, 2014 at 11:30 PM

You have it wrong. Rick Perry said that if an illegal alien had gone through public school from K to 12, and then you wanted them to pay out-of-state tuition, you had no heart.
Al in St. Lou on July 6, 2014 at 11:30 PM

You’re the one who has it wrong. Perry adopted the “through no fault of their own” and “you’re heartless if you’re against undocumented children” lines from the left.

Refusing to deport and, worse, giving special REWARDS and benefits to illegals is a form of amnesty.

Perry declaring that only heartless people would oppose giving education benefits to illegal aliens: http://youtu.be/4bA9m3IG99s

bluegill on July 7, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Leave-my-boyfriend-alone journalism.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 6, 2014 at 3:17 PM

HA!

Aint’ that the truth…

God Bless Texas!

workingclass artist on July 7, 2014 at 7:04 AM

I doubt Meeechelle Obama will start a #tag campaign about this…

Gladys Lopez allowed her four year-old illegal immigrant daughter to travel to the US.
Now she can’t find her.
The Obama administration lost track of the little girl.

“The Obama Administration has lost track of an illegal immigrant girl. The four-year-old girl is just one of thousands who have been taken into custody by border patrol agents.

Gladys Lopez says she was able to speak with her daughter, Eliana, briefly over the phone after she was taken into custody. Lopez hasn’t heard from the girl or immigration authorities since.

Lopez says the girl was smuggled from Honduras to the U.S. along with her 17-year-old sister and niece. Little Eliana and the others were taken into ICE custody in Brownsville on june 18th. Lopez got a phone call later that day from immigration. It was the last time she heard from the girl or immigration officials.

An immigrant rights group is now working with Lopez to find her daughter.

“Unfortunately its common for ICE to transfer people and not let people know. So unfortunately she could be as far away as New York, where one of the child detention centers are,” says immigrant advocate Cesar Espinosa….”

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/07/obama-administration-loses-4-year-old-illegal-immigrant-girl-video/

workingclass artist on July 7, 2014 at 7:08 AM

What I don’t understand is Mexico letting all these people from Nic, Hon, and El Sal through to the US border. They gotta know they’re being funneled through their country. After they get here they’re taking jobs away from Mexicans who send a ton of money back home. I don’t like a lot of conspiracy theories, but there could be some kinda collusion between our dear leader and the dear leader south of the border and the one world govt crowd, or maybe there’s just some jobs a Mexican won’t do.

Kissmygrits on July 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM

“…Texas currently has seven border patrol agents per mile…”

It’s much worse in AZ, they have 2 agents per 6 miles of border.

Jason58 on July 7, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Feds to Bring in Riot Squad Against Illegal Immigration Protesters

Akzed on July 7, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Pro-choice people always say that pro-life peeps should just STFU, already! if they aren’t going to adopt unwanted children.

Fine. Reciprocity is fair play.

Jeh (How Ghey!) and his illegal immigration-loving friends, starting with Maerose Prizzi, who is worth around $26 million and said that she ‘wish[ed] that she could take these children home with her’ after visiting an UAC shelter in Texas, needs to start adopting and footing the entire bill for these ‘precious gems,’ who are ‘American’s future.’

Otherwise, JUST STFU, ALREADY! and send them home.

BTW: Obama has said that these kids are the ‘best and the brightest’ and ‘America’s future.’

Why does he hate the countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador sooooo much? Is he a mean-mean-meanie Colonialist and imperialist, perchance?

I mean, if these kids are going to change the world, why would you want to deprive their home countries cesspools of their brilliance?

It’s like the UK. The population is 61 million, but because of the EU, it is going to beginning opening the doors (even wider) next year to the poor Bulgarians and Romanians (**does anyone have a hankie that I can borrow?**). Forget about the cost and cultural issues for Britain. Think about what that means to their own countries. What kind of future will they have if 21 million (projected) of their ‘best and brightest’ depart for other shores???

Resist We Much on July 7, 2014 at 10:07 AM

What I don’t understand is Mexico letting all these people from Nic, Hon, and El Sal through to the US border. They gotta know they’re being funneled through their country. After they get here they’re taking jobs away from Mexicans who send a ton of money back home. I don’t like a lot of conspiracy theories, but there could be some kinda collusion between our dear leader and the dear leader south of the border and the one world govt crowd, or maybe there’s just some jobs a Mexican won’t do.

Kissmygrits on July 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Mexican federates get a cut of the action from the Coyotes…and laundering the remission(s) & Cartel money + gives them a say in US Policy via their Latino Organizations like LULAC and LaRaza.

Good setup since the 1970′s…especially in California.

workingclass artist on July 7, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Federales…I hate spell check

workingclass artist on July 7, 2014 at 10:33 AM

If you needed any more proof that Perry is right:

Obama to immigration groups: I’ll press my executive power to the limit to spare millions from deportation

dentarthurdent on July 7, 2014 at 11:48 AM

The red states can do something about this in a way. They can change their benefit rules to length of residency requirements for everything. For example in order to qualify for benefits you must have lived in that state for at least 10 years and be a legal resident of the United States.

They can also place a time limit on how long a person can receive benefits without having to go through a very stringent review process to determine if they really need it or are just too lazy to get off their butt. Texas already does this and, as all the Katrina welfare queens from NOLA discovered, Texas does not view welfare as a ‘lifestyle’ but a helping hand to get back on your feet. When the federal benefits ran out the ‘Katrina Queens’ soon discovered that Texas would not support them in the way they were accustomed to in Louisiana and they ran back to Louisiana as fast as a Greyhound bus could take them. In fact Greyhound had to put an extra three buses on their Houston to Baton Rouge route for a good six months due to the demand from all the ‘Katrina Queens’.

The criminals had already run back there or to other places for they discovered the hard way that Texas and Texans don’t like criminals and doesn’t give a damn about ‘root causes’ like New Orleans courts did — they do the crime, they do the time. They also discovered a little thing called “The Castle Law” (aka the he needed killing law) and that Harris county has more guns per capita than anywhere else in the world and the people here aren’t afraid to use them. These were a few facts of life that many of the NOLA criminals learned about the hard way. It also helped that Governor Perry sent in the DPS and Texas rangers to help Houston and Harris county clear out the NOLA dope dealers and other criminals.

If red states do these kinds of things then these illegals will gravitate to the welfare Valhalla blue states where the living is easy for them. Then they become the problem of the Blue states and if those states collapse under their parasite load it isn’t my problem.

Nahanni on July 7, 2014 at 1:01 PM

It’s going to get really interesting when ICE in their riot gear starts pepper spraying and baton beating flag waving Americans exercising their 1st amendment rights to protect a bus full of illegal aliens. Obama is about to cross the rubicon, I think.

bitsy on July 6, 2014 at 7:38 PM

It’s the absurdity of the situation, if it’s ever covered, that I think will kill the government. This for example: they arrested a protester for crossing a piece of yellow tape line. That’s right they aren’t enforcing our laws against illegal aliens who cross the border, but citizens who cross yellow tape lines get it. That’s the insanity of partisan government.

DFCtomm on July 7, 2014 at 3:06 PM

http://twitchy.com/2014/07/06/partisan-hack-abcs-martha-raddatz-ripped-for-dishonest-interview-of-rick-perry-video/

davidk on July 6, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Now there’s a headline. None of this “scolding” crap.

cptacek on July 7, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Gladys Lopez allowed her four year-old illegal immigrant daughter to travel to the US.
Now she can’t find her.
The Obama administration lost track of the little girl.
workingclass artist on July 7, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Shame on you, Gladys Lopez. Shame on you for letting your 4 year old daughter leave your side and spend months on the top of a train for god’s sake, riding through the desert. Shame on you for throwing that little girl away. I feel nothing but contempt for you, Gladys Lopez.

cptacek on July 7, 2014 at 4:02 PM

The red states can do something about this in a way. They can change their benefit rules to length of residency requirements for everything. For example in order to qualify for benefits you must have lived in that state for at least 10 years and be a legal resident of the United States.

…….

Nahanni on July 7, 2014 at 1:01 PM

I’m not clear exactly what you want to do. Red states can’t, for instance, require residency periods in most cases for the benefits they give to US citizens who moved there from a different state:

http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/newresidents.htm

jim56 on July 7, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Perry didn’t take the bait. “The rule of law is that the Constitution requires the United States to secure the border,” he said.

I’m not sure he’s correct.

The US Constitution has this clause: “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.”

I don’t think what’s going on is the “Invasion” described in the Constitution–especially because the law allows the children from Honduras, Guatemala, etc. to be taken into custody and deported.

jim56 on July 7, 2014 at 4:47 PM


A Public Health Crisis at the Border

______________________________________

Medical staff warned: Keep your mouths shut
about illegal immigrants or face arrest

A government-contracted security force
threatened to arrest doctors and nurses
if they divulged any information
about the contagion threat at a refugee camp
housing illegal alien children.

…………………………………………………………………..
She said children in the camp had measles,
scabies, chicken pox and strep throat
as well as mental and emotional issues.

“It was not a good atmosphere in terms of health,”
“I would be talking to children and lice would
just be climbing down their hair.”

…………………………………………………………………..
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/07/02/medical-staff-warned-keep-quiet-about-illegal-immigrants-or-face-arrest/
…………………………………………………………………..
http://www.nationalreview.com/node/382080/print
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http://www.rightspeak.net/2014/07/a-public-health-crisis-at-border.html
…………………………………………………………………..

Illegal immigrants carrying infectious parasite —
40 cases of scabies — an infectious skin disease
caused by a parasite — have been confirmed.

The released illegal immigrants go out in the
community, get on the public transportation,
go where they need to go, and it could result in
another infestation of scabies being spread everywhere.”
…………………………………………………………………..

Doctor says Illegal Immigration’s
causing ‘Public Health Crisis’

Illegal immigrants are carrying diseases across the border.
The recent influx of illegal immigrants is reigniting
worries over diseases, such as tuberculosis,
scabies, dengue fever, measles and even leprosy.

Tuberculosis is reemerging in a dangerous
drug resistant strain, and dangue fever, which
causes fatigue and muscle aches, is emerging in Texas.
…………………………………………………………………..

Medical Staffers Threatened with Arrest
for Divulging Information on
Illegals’ Medical Conditions

Illegal immigrants are bringing over severe cases
of disease, but medial staffers were told to
keep quiet or face arrest, Fox News reports.

Despite threats from the government-contracted
security force, medical staffers opened up about
the worsening medical conditions and
the threat they pose to Americans.

Americans should be very uneasy about the
government’s secrecy in regards to the diseases
and housing situations of the illegal immigrants.

All forms of communication are prohibited, and
if the authorities catch someone with a cell phone,
they are immediately dismissed.

Children and families are coming into the facilities
with measles, scabies, additional viral diseases
and mental health problems.

Despite the threats of arrest, these medical staffers
felt they were obliged to voice their concern
after finding out that these children and families
were being moved via public transportation.

“Oh, my God. They’re flying these kids around.
Nobody knows that these children have scabies & lice.”

…………………………………………………………………..
http: //dailycaller.com/2014/07/02/medical-staffers-threatened-with-arrest-for-divulging-information-on-illegals-medical-conditions/
…………………………………………………………………..

Federal Appeals Court:
Mexicans can Sue Border Patrol Agent
who Killed their Rock-Throwing son

http://www.rightspeak.net/2014/07/federal-appeals-court-mexicans-can-sue.html
…………………………………………………………………..

Global HAWK on July 7, 2014 at 8:29 PM

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