Rick Perry, the Tea Party Governor of Texas, appeared this Sunday on ABC’s This Week where he told host Martha Raddatz that President Obama is not interested in securing the border, accusing the President of being responsible for the growing influx of unaccompanied children from Central America.
Raddatz called him on his deception, noting that these children are covered under the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, signed by his predecessor George W. Bush in December of 2008, more than a month before Obama took office.
“But, governor, this is about a law. This isn’t necessarily about border patrol. This is about a law.…They have to let these people into the country when they’re from non-contiguous nations, when they’re from Central America or South America. Should that law be changed?” Raddatz asked.
Perry was unfazed.
“The rule of law is the Constitution requires the United States to secure the border,” he said, “and we’re not doing that. We haven’t done it for years. and we are paying a huge price.”
Raddatz tried once more to get the Governor to stay on topic, pointing out that Bush signed the law and that the courts are backlogged which leads to long wait times to get each case heard. But Perry insisted that the President has no interest in keeping these children out and has therefore done nothing to stem the tide.
Raddatz was becoming noticeably frustrated by now and once again interrupted him.
“He’s telling people not to come! He’s telling them in ads not to come into the United States, not to leave their homes,” she said.
“About five years too late would be my response to that, “Perry said with a condescending little laugh. “The president has sent powerful messages, time after time, by his polices, by nuances, that it is okay to come to the United States and you can come across and you’ll be accepted with open arms.”
During Obama’s administration more undocumented immigrants have been deported than at any time in the ten years previous to his term in office — and these children are not subject to automatic deportation. According to law, the Border Patrol must take these children in, screening and vaccinating them before remanding them to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Watch Perry evade the question below.