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He charged that the leadership of the U.S. Border Patrol is “failing” their officers because Border Patrol agents are still not “right on the border” even though he informed President Obama of that fact over a month ago. Perry claims he informed President Obama that the Border Patrol was “40, 45 miles” away from the border during their meeting on July 9, and today said “their [the Border Patrol’s] leadership in Washington, DC is failing, from my perspective, because they don't have them right on the border.”
Perry also reported that he is still awaiting clearance from the FAA. Perry reported that he had made a request to allow drones to secure the border on ABC’s “This Week” on July 6. Today, he stated “the FAA will not let us use drones, at this particular point in time ... to look down 24/7 in all types of weather so that we can have these fast response forces move in and make apprehensions. If the FAA would allow that, it would be substantial help.”
Perry went on to address reports that he is considering running for president in 2016, maintaining that his recent travels throughout the country were on behalf of Republican senatorial and gubernatorial candidates.
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