Texas Gov. Rick Perry says the border with Mexico is not only “porous” but also allows people with terrorist ties to infiltrate the United States. Perry disputes President Barack Obama’s statements that the border is safe.
|Gov. Rick Perry: Sieve at border is "absolute national disgrace." (Getty Images Photo)
“As a matter of fact, I was very disheartened when the president came into El Paso a couple of weeks ago, had a photo-op out at the city of El Paso and proclaimed that the border was as safe as it’s ever been,” Perry told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren on Tuesday. “And that’s just nonsense. You ask these men and women who are putting their lives on the line every night, the border patrol agents, the ICE agents, the Texas Department of Public Safety, folks in that helicopter, our SWAT teams that are out there, the local law enforcement.
“All of those individuals know that this border not only is porous, but the people that are coming across this border we have no idea — well, unfortunately, we do know where some of them are from, and they are from countries that have very close ties to al-Qaida, whether it’s Yemen or Afghanistan, Pakistan, China. It is an absolute national disgrace,” Perry said.
Perry said he has tried to explain to Congress the inherent danger that goes beyond illegal immigrants and drug smuggling, but to no avail.
“We have now for upwards of five or six years been going to Washington, D.C., explaining to Congress, administrations that we have a real and a serious and a present danger that has to be addressed,” he said. “Some 12 Democrat sheriffs, people who are not in my political party, went with us to Washington a few years back to share the story about what's happening on that border. And it's only gotten worse.”
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