On Tuesday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) said there was a coordinated effort behind the influx of Central American youths to the nation’s southern border.
However, he took it a step further by suggesting that by based on how the Obama administration has handled the situation thus far, they were either inept or they were in some way aiding these illegal immigrants to flood the border.
“It’s an absolute overflowing mess, is what it is,” Perry said. “This is something we brought to the attention of the president over two years ago, back in 2012 when we saw this was a major issue. We flagged this and still waiting for a response from not just from the president but the administration. It is a major problem, 1,000 people a day is what we’re seeing apprehended at the current rate. I mean, it’s just an impossible figure to really get your hands around. We’ve got an amazing amount of resources on the border. We’ve had some success there in shutting down illegal activities with surges. But we don’t have the resources. I mean, number one — it’s not the state’s responsibility to be dealing with this issue. We’re doing our part to make sure we can keep our citizens as safe as we can. But the federal government is just absolutely failing. We either have an incredibly inept administration or they’re in on this somehow or another. I mean, I hate to be conspiratorial, but how do you move that many people from Central America across Mexico, and then into United States without there being a fairly coordinated effort?”
Perry pointed out that the terrain of Mexico was very difficult and required coordination to move across from Central America. But he added that should an emergency as such as a hurricane hit the region, his state would be in a difficult position because these Central American youths are being housed at facilities that would be used in the event of an emergency.
“What we’re seeing is that there’s a clear coordination in some form or fashion,” he continued “These young people in particular, to move across Mexico, I mean, this is some pretty harsh environment, from the standpoint of — you have the humanitarian side of this, forcing these kids on to trains and then — it is a staggering concept when you think about moving that many people across Mexico many and again, here’s my big concern. As the governor of Texas, of a state that on a fairly regular basis gets hit by some major events — I’m talking about hurricanes and in this case, we’re going into hurricane season. if we were to have a Katrina, where we have a massive inflow of people out of a state that’s been hit or our own state, and we have to evacuate from the coast, I don’t have any place to go, because the facilities we have historically had available to house our citizens in the United States are full of these individuals now who are coming in from Mexico.”
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