Perry urges Obama, Congress to work together on border security
July 3rd, 2014
04:55 PM ET
2 months ago

Perry urges Obama, Congress to work together on border security

(CNN) - Unlike some of his fellow Republicans, Texas Gov. Rick Perry declined to place direct blame on President Barack Obama for the recent influx of children illegally crossing the border from Mexico into the United States.

Perry was given multiple opportunities at a congressional hearing Thursday in Texas to fault the Obama administration for what the White House and Republicans are calling a "humanitarian crisis."

And while Perry criticized the administration for failing to secure the border in general, he said he was looking for "solutions," not to find fault in the latest series of events involving minors.

"I'm tired of pointing fingers and blaming people," he said at the hearing, which was hosted by the House Homeland Security Committee and held near the border in McAllen, Texas. "I hope what we can do is come up with some solutions here."

Showdown over immigration: 'This is an invasion'

However, he urged the President to send a clear signal that people cannot cross the border without consequence or else there "will be a deluge."

Perry, who's considering a second run for president, also called on members of Congress to work with Obama.

"The President has bypassed Congress–and maybe he could and should, I don't know, I'm not going to wade in–but this is the one time that I really think the President does need all of you, Democrats and Republicans alike, to be working with you and reaching out," he said.

"I hope that all of us will share with the President that we're willing to sit down with him and work with him," he continued.

The outgoing governor was also not shy in calling on the President to visit the border and do more to secure the U.S.-Mexico line. And he pushed back against those who argue that the children who crossed the border illegally should be allowed to stay.

"Nobody is doing any of these children the slightest favor by delaying a rapid return to their countries of origin," he said. "Allowing them to remain here will only encourage the next group of individuals to undertake this very, very dangerous and life threatening journey."

The Obama administration has accused syndicates in Latin America of waging a deliberate campaign of misinformation that has spurred people in poor Central American countries and Mexico to risk their lives to cross the border illegally.

While he said he "readily" welcomes the $2 billion in emergency funds for the border that Obama announced earlier this week, the governor asked that Texas be reimbursed for more than $500 million that the state has spent on border security over the past decade.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, this year's GOP nominee for governor, told the conservative news outlet Breitbart that he's thinking about suing the federal government to get back money the state has spent on the recent crisis involving children. Authorities estimate 60,000 to 80,000 children without parents will cross the border this year.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday "it's hard to take seriously Governor Perry's concerns" when his Republican colleagues in the U.S. House have failed to pass bipartisan immigration reform like the Senate did last year.

"I think the most effective way that Gov. Perry can help, if that's what he wants to do, would be to pick up the phone and call the Republican members of the House of Representatives that represent the state of Texas and tell them to support the bipartisan proposal to reform our immigration system that passed through the Senate," he said.

Last month, the Obama administration unveiled a plan to spend almost $100 million in aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to help reintegrate the undocumented migrants whom the United States will deport, and to help keep them in their home countries.

The administration also will set aside $161.5 million this year for the Central American Regional Security Initiative programs in an effort to "help stem migration flows as well as address the root cause of the migration," the White House said.


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  1. Donna

    Just heard Obama is heading to Texas next week for campaign fund raisers yet has no plans to visit the border or look into all the illegals invading our country. And then he and his clueless supporters wonder why he shows up as the worse President since WWII. If he does ignore the problem while he is down there for campaign fund raisers, I suspect his poll numbers will drop even more. It is really getting to the point of dereliction of duty by Obama at this point. Maybe if a few Hollywood celebs went down there he'd be more inclined to show up?

    July 3, 2014 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. just asking

    why is the government blocking access to all of these facilities where thousands are being warehoused until they can be shipped all over the country?! yeah, right, the most transparent president! just trying to bury another obama created disaster.

    July 3, 2014 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Lizzie

    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday "it's hard to take seriously Governor Perry's concerns"
    -–nice, just agree to let every illegal stay, don't deport, maybe send busses down to make sure they get to the US safe.

    July 3, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. Chris

    It's about time a republican stood up and said this. Boehner made it crystal clear that he will not allow any bills on immigration reform to come to a vote. More importantly, these kids are coming from countries with the highest murder rates in the world, rampant drug and gang activity and high rates of pregnancy in girls as young as 10. They're just coming here to be with their parents and have a chance at a decent life. How can anyone argue with this?

    July 3, 2014 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. About Time People Stand Up

    It was great to see the citizens of Murrieta CA STOP the importation of busloads of these illegal immigrants into their community. We can only hope that every single place they try to dump these illegals in this country rises up and puts a STOP to it. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!

    July 3, 2014 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. Silence DoGood

    @Donna
    Just heard Obama is heading to Texas next week for campaign fund raisers yet has no plans to visit the border or look into all the illegals invading our country. And then he and his clueless supporters wonder why he shows up as the worse President since WWII. If he does ignore the problem while he is down there for campaign fund raisers, I suspect his poll numbers will drop even more. It is really getting to the point of dereliction of duty by Obama at this point. Maybe if a few Hollywood celebs went down there he'd be more inclined to show up?
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    " If he does ignore the problem....". Haven't you been following the news? He has been giving what we call speeches and is going to do what he can on his own because the Congress is ignoring the problem. Do you want him to do something or not?

    Oh I see – you can blindly criticize anything he does with eyes closed.

    July 3, 2014 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. rs

    Perry in this case is fundamentally correct: Congress and the President DO need to work together on Immigration reform. A bill has passed the Senate and apparently Mr. Boehner will not bring it to a vote in the House, so we see the usual GOP obstruction at work. Until and unless the GOP stops seeing each and every bill, or the stoppage thereof as an opportunity to "Play" politics, nothing will get done in Congress with or without cooperation or cajoling from the President. The President isn't the problem here. By a majority Americans feel immigration reform IS necessary. The problem is the GOP.

    July 3, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. What's in that Tea Again?

    wow the tea nuts are out before 4th of July complaining about people coming to the US looking for a better life. And would you guess they are saying the President isn't doing anything about it...i.e. dereliction of duty.... LOL, boy to think the Hispanic community calls the President "deporter and chief" why???? oh there you go with facts again huh tea fools???? Because this president has deported more illegals that any of his predecessors. Boy Faux News has a great market, Say anything, no matter how stupid and you have enough braindead Tea potties to believe it.

    July 3, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. rs

    just asking

    why is the government blocking access to all of these facilities where thousands are being warehoused until they can be shipped all over the country?! yeah, right, the most transparent president! just trying to bury another obama created disaster.
    ___________________________
    And why does the Right block IMF buses and scream abuse at children? Perhaps if the Right's ficticous "FEMA Concentration Camps" existed we could put all these children there- but unfortunately, there is a need for more space than one building or campus can provide. Perhaps if the Right didn't keep impeding things, this process could run its course.
    As to the emigration of thousands of children from Guatemala, Ecuador, and other semi-failed states of Central America- how in God's name is that the President's fault?

    July 3, 2014 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. Chris..E.al

    Thats a 161 million worth of damn fence cash wasted . How much cash next year and the year after that ? This seems like something we all could agggreeee on ? We got ppl that could REALLY use that cash in the good 0 usa .

    July 3, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. rs

    Donna

    Just heard Obama is heading to Texas next week for campaign fund raisers yet has no plans to visit the border or look into all the illegals invading our country. And then he and his clueless supporters wonder why he shows up as the worse President since WWII.
    ___________________________
    Perhaps you need a math lesson. Congress- which has been totally stymied by the GOP (who, control the House, and demand super-majority votes for law passage in the Senate) refuses to take up Immigration Reform. They're approval rating is what 17%? Mr. Obama looks like Mr. Popularity compared to them.
    Simple facts: Americans want Immigration Reform; the GOP won't even vote on the bill passed by the Senate. Ergo: the GOP would rather play politics and whine than actually DO anything. The President isn't the problem, dear, the Right IS.

    July 3, 2014 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. rs

    Meanwhile: Unemployment is below the level of September 2008; the economy created 255,000 jobs this last month; the Market has broken the 17,000 barrier- all without one single bit of help from the GOP. President Obama has still sent more illegal aliens home than any other President, and still has the largest Border Patrol at any time in American History. The GOP meanwhile- well, it's lost it's mind.

    July 3, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Neither wants border security at all. They are all deliberately leaving the border wide open........in violation of all of our laws.

    July 3, 2014 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. Ol' Yeller

    Attention all you right wing nut jobs... Please keep posting, saying, and filming yourselves being totally repugnant and hateful to these unfortunate children who came here through terrible peril to reach what they see as possibly their only sanctuary for safety and freedom. Please keep showing your true colors to the American voters. Do not treat this as what it is.... a humanatarian crisis, keep treating it as just another political tool to criticize the President about while your house republicants continue to sit on their hands and ignore the immigration problem (and the veteran's admin. prob. and the Middle East problems, and the jobs, jobs, jobs, they promised).
    Meanwhile the Hispanic people of America and all the other minorities you have so much fun humiliating and oppressing are watching and growing and learning.... you are doing America a huge favor with your hatred, intolerance, and vistriol... you are killing your party.
    Which will be great for America.
    Please keep it up Haters.

    Sincerely, Ol' Yeller

    July 3, 2014 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. s

    While I'm not a fan of yours, I do have to say good work Mr. Perry

    July 3, 2014 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. Marie MD

    Is that a new picture minus the "I still look dumb" glasses? Is he praying for a truce like he prayed for rain a few years ago? Why does anyone listen or report on this fool?
    @donna and the other haters, the oops governor says he's going to charge the federal government re border security costs. Our President tried to get money a while back and guess who said HADES NO? Yep, the teaklans and their crying leader.

    July 3, 2014 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. ProudDem

    Perry seems more rational on this than some of the blind hatred I see on here. Always the same couple of folks, bashing Obama no matter what the story is about.

    July 3, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. Thomas

    Pushing back against gun control advocates, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill Wednesday that would reduce ammunition magazine limits from 15 rounds to 10 rounds.

    Christie / Perry 2016
    If you can't get the job done with ten rounds , your not qualified to be president .

    July 3, 2014 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    I guess some oxygen crept into his brain and he realized that its a solution all of us need to work on. NO amount of fence-building will ever satisfy the crazies, and they need to be called out on that. I have to say, that's about the most lucid thing Perry has ever said.

    July 3, 2014 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  20. smith

    Its time to build the great wall and stop this problem once and for all. Oops, those are potential voters so we can do that.smh. Happy 4th of July.

    July 3, 2014 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  21. Stephen Baker

    Let's talk about first steps.

    The Senate has passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill. Pres. Obama supports it.

    Boehner refuses to allow the House to even bring the bill to the floor.

    So, who is being recalcitrant?

    July 3, 2014 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  22. Gurgyl

    -are you blind or just to point at Pres. Obama when this president deported maximum number of illegals? If you still want to blindly say it it is alright–we know you are color blinded in modern society–which does not give darn hoot at colors. Know this truth in 21st century.

    July 3, 2014 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. Stop the Extreme Leftist Democrat Insanity

    Last month, the Obama administration unveiled a plan to spend almost $100 million in aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to help reintegrate the undocumented migrants whom the United States will deport, and to help keep them in their home countries.
    The administration also will set aside $161.5 million this year for the Central American Regional Security Initiative programs in an effort to "help stem migration flows as well as address the root cause of the migration," the White House said.
    ---

    So we will be sending $261.5 million dollars to the corrupt Central American governments that have allowed this to happen. I'm sure this will all go to line their corrupt government officials and we will continue to have the same problem.

    July 3, 2014 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    On the flip side of this, Perry used 17 billion in stim funds to balance his budget retroactively. I guess handing federal money to a conservative is sure fire way to ensure that they will use to help themselves, and to hell with anyone else. Ayn Rand is alive and well, with hypocrisy intact.

    July 3, 2014 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  25. Name sky3j

    One more thing to blame President Obama for. We have a do nothing congress getting paid for doing nothing. Perry didn't accept federal funds to expand Medicare so we ha million with no health coverage of any kind. Perry didn't accept federal funds to help our schools. Now republicans want to sue the president for not sending monies for immigration. Republicans get off your butts and work for America

    July 3, 2014 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
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