Rick Perry: No Congressional Recess Until Immigration Bill Passed

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Friday, 01 Aug 2014 10:03 AM

By Melanie Batley

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Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that Congress has a responsibility to stay in session until it passes an emergency border security bill and the "job is completed."

According to The Hill, the 2012 presidential primary candidate said that the idea of Congress adjourning for summer recess before passing the legislation would be "beyond belief" at a time of crisis for states dealing with the influx of illegal child minors on the southern United States border.

"While Texas has taken what steps it can to mitigate the damage caused by a porous border, Congress and the president have a duty to address our border security issues without further delay," Perry said in a statement. "Congress should not go into recess until the job is completed."

The comments came after the House leadership delayed a vote on the $659 million emergency immigration measure because conservative lawmakers made it clear they would not support it without changes to an executive order that allows the president to delay child deportations.

As of Friday morning, the GOP leadership sought to make changes to the legislation to satisfy conservatives and push the measure through before the planned adjournment.

Perry gained national attention earlier this month for his plans to dispatch 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to handle the influx of illegal child immigrants, as the president faced criticism for inaction.

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