Crisis on the border
July 22nd, 2014
02:30 PM ET
7 days ago

Key questions about Rick Perry's border plan

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry's decision to send up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the southern border is the latest move in a controversy over the influx of migrant youths from Central America, many unaccompanied, streaming into the United States.

It represents concrete action over concerns raised by Perry and other Republicans that border security be given more resources generally and specifically in this case to deal with what most agree is a humanitarian crisis.

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Filed under: Immigration • Rick Perry • Texas
Perry sending National Guard troops to border
July 21st, 2014
04:40 PM ET
1 week ago

Perry sending National Guard troops to border

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry will immediately send up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure the southern border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America have crossed into the United States this year in a surge that is deemed a humanitarian crisis.

Perry also wants President Barack Obama and Congress to hire an additional 3,000 border patrol agents for the Texas border, which would eventually replace the temporary guard forces.

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Filed under: Immigration • Rick Perry • Texas
Perry to Texas reps: Don't approve Obama's border proposal
July 13th, 2014
02:53 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Perry to Texas reps: Don't approve Obama's border proposal

Washington (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he won’t encourage his state’s congressional delegation to approve President Obama’s request for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to mitigate the border crisis.

“The President doesn't have to have this big amount of money,” Perry told Fox News Channel’s Brit Hume. “He could pick up the phone today, call the (Defense Department) and direct them to have the 1,000 National Guard troops on the border.”

After meeting with Perry last week in Texas, Obama said he had asked the Texas governor to use his influence to urge the Texas congressional delegation to support the emergency funding request.

Obama requested the money to deal with a growing number of undocumented children and youths arriving in the U.S. illegally and overwhelming federal facilities. While many have been released to family pending deportation hearings, others have been detained by authorities amid a growing backlog of pending cases.

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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama • Rick Perry • Texas
July 10th, 2014
05:57 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Anti-deportation activists protest outside Obama’s Austin speech

Austin, Texas (CNN) – A dozen protesters held signs and banners outside the Paramount Theatre in Austin on Thursday, rallying against President Barack Obama's immigration policies.

The group was trying to send a message to the President, who was speaking inside, asking him to stop the deportations of undocumented immigrants.

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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama • Texas
July 10th, 2014
01:34 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Hard core Obama fan waits all night to see president

Austin, Texas (CNN) – In a stark contrast to recent national poll numbers showing low approval ratings for President Obama, over a thousand people lined up outside the landmark Paramount Theater in Austin on Thursday to see the commander-in-chief speak.

One of them, Roni Kendall, arrived at 7:30 on Wednesday night to claim the first spot in line. Kendall spent the night outside the theater on the sidewalk.‎

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Filed under: President Obama • Texas
July 8th, 2014
02:44 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Palin calls for Obama's impeachment over border crisis

(CNN) – Sarah Palin said President Barack Obama's inaction over the escalating crisis on the southern border is grounds for impeachment.

The Republican firebrand wrote in a an op-ed published Tuesday in the conservative website Breitbart that "(Obama's) unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, 'no mas.'"

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Filed under: 2014 • Immigration • Mike Huckabee • President Obama • Sarah Palin • Texas
June 20th, 2014
09:53 AM ET
1 month ago

Texas governor: I stepped in it

(CNN) – Gov. Rick Perry admitted he fumbled the ball when he recently compared homosexuality to alcoholism.

"I stepped right in it," the Texas Republican said Thursday at an event sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, which also aired on C-SPAN.

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Filed under: 2016 • Rick Perry • Texas
June 12th, 2014
09:03 AM ET
2 months ago

Rick Perry compares homosexuality to alcoholism

(CNN) - A comparison between alcoholism and homosexuality by Texas Gov. Rick Perry is raising eyebrows.

At a speech in San Francisco, the longtime Republican governor - who ran for the White House in 2012 and is considering another bid in 2016 - was asked whether he thought homosexuality was a disorder.

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Filed under: 2012 • 2016 • Rick Perry • Texas
Rand Paul: Let's trade 5 Democrats, not 5 Taliban
June 6th, 2014
07:31 PM ET
2 months ago

Rand Paul: Let's trade 5 Democrats, not 5 Taliban

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky got some laughs Friday with a line inspired by the Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl release, but the political opposition found his remarks out of line.

“Mr. President, you love to trade people. Why don’t we set up a trade. But this time, instead of five Taliban, how ‘bout five Democrats,” Paul said to cheers at the Texas GOP convention in Fort Worth.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Rand Paul • Texas
91-year-old defeated incumbent: ‘I figured it out – damn guy got more votes than I did!’
May 29th, 2014
01:05 PM ET
2 months ago

91-year-old defeated incumbent: ‘I figured it out – damn guy got more votes than I did!’

Washington (CNN) – Ninety-one-year-old Ralph Hall may have lost his primary on Tuesday - the first incumbent defeated this year - but the Texas Republican was greeted with a standing ovation by his House GOP colleagues Thursday morning and cracked jokes about his political future.

A smiling Hall, who lost to tea party-backed candidate John Ratcliffe, told reporters after a closed-door meeting: "I figured it out – damn guy got more votes than I did!"
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Filed under: Congress • Texas
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