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Perry in D.C.: ‘Common Sense’ Says Terrorists Likely to Cross Illegally at Southern Border

Says any talk about immigration reform is “pointless because Washington has no credibility” on the issue.

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Rodrigo Sermeño

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August 22, 2014 - 7:10 pm

WASHINGTON – Texas Gov. Rick Perry called for greater U.S. involvement in Iraq and delivered a blistering critique of the Obama administration’s immigration policies and its efforts to secure the southern border.

Perry appeared at the Heritage Foundation on Thursday to deliver a speech on immigration reform and immigration security.

His first public appearance in Washington since being indicted on two felony counts, the Texas Republican dedicated the first part of his talk to the issue.

“There are some interesting things going on in my home state,” Perry told the standing-room- only crowd at the Heritage Foundation’s Allison Auditorium. “There are a few public officials in Travis County who have taken issue with an exercise of my constitutional veto authority. These are fundamental principles that are very important, namely a governor’s power to veto legislation and funding and the right of freedom of speech. I am very confident in my case and I can assure that I will fight this attack on our system of government and with my fellow citizens, both Republicans and Democrats, I will defend our constitution and stand up for the rule of law.”

Perry pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he abused the power of his office when he vetoed funding to a state anti-corruption agency overseen by Rosemary Lehmberg.

Perry had asked Lehmberg to resign after she was arrested last summer for driving while intoxicated, threatening to veto the agency’s $7.5 million appropriation. After Lehmberg refused to step down, the governor made good on his threat.

The first charge – abuse of official capacity – was for vetoing the funding. The second – coercion of a public servant – was for demanding Lehmberg resign.

Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, touched upon the same theme of social order in his remarks about immigration and border security.

He said defending the border is not a “political option” but a “constitutional obligation” and any talk about immigration reform is “pointless because Washington has no credibility” on the issue.

Perry said he does not oppose comprehensive immigration reform, but he insists on “comprehensive border enforcement” first.

“Border security after all is the nearest front of national security, and I’m sorry to say that today this front is largely undefended,” he said.

Perry criticized President Obama for leaving the border open to drug cartels and terrorist organizations, including individuals associated with the Islamic State – the caliphate formed by al-Qaeda in Iraq successors fighting government forces in Syria and Iraq.

“We have a crisis on our Southern border that is entirely within the power of the president to deal with under the law, but he won’t fully and consistently enforce the laws as they are written…requiring the protection of our borders against unlawful entry,” he said. “And he wants to establish new laws such as the amnesty of 2012 without the consent of Congress.”

He accused Obama of “willful neglect” of his responsibilities and of “aggressive overreach” into powers that do not belong to the executive branch.

The possibility that terrorist groups have crossed the U.S. border, or use it in the future as an entry point, is supported by the fact that “historic” levels of individuals from “countries with terrorist ties” are crossing the border, he said.

Perry added that poor security has created the ideal conditions on the southern border for terrorists to sneak into the United States.

“There is I think great concern that the border between the United States and Mexico is insecure. And we don’t know who’s using that. What I will share with you [is] that we’ve seen historic high levels of individuals from countries with terrorist ties over the course of the last months. I’ll give you one anecdotal picture of what’s happening: Three Ukrainian individuals were apprehended in a ranch in far west Texas within the last 60 days,” Perry said.

He noted, however, that there is no evidence yet terrorist groups have actually tried to cross the U.S. border.

“We have no clear evidence of that. But your common sense tells you, when we’ve seen the number of criminal activities that have occurred – I’m talking about the assault, the rapes, the murders by individuals who have come into this country illegally over the last five years – the idea that they would not be looking at and managing any of those types of attacks from that region is not a good place to be,” Perry said.

He called for “boots on the ground” along with drones to monitor the border around the clock.

“We need to have clear and compelling forces, both law enforcement and otherwise on that southern border, to send the message that the border is secure,” he said. “The border can be secured.”

The Texas Republican also veered into foreign policy, saying the U.S. should go after the Islamic militants who beheaded American journalist James Foley.

Perry also argued that the Obama administration’s response in Iraq has been inadequate.

“When they talk about limited airstrikes, they place a great emphasis on the word ‘limited,’” he said. “Yet clearly, more airstrikes are necessary. Nothing less than a sustained air campaign to degrade and destroy ISIS forces is required.”

Obama has emphasized that the airstrikes are part of a limited mission and that no new ground combat troops would be sent to Iraq.

Asked whether ground troops should be deployed to Iraq, Perry said nothing should be off the table.

“I think all your options have to be open,” he said.

Rodrigo is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.

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The Heritage Foundation is the big stage among conservative circles. That Perry spoke there so soon after his specious indictment indicates that he is resolute and undeterred.

Rick Perry is the only potential candidate of either party who has actually served in the military. His foreign policy credentials are solid. And he's right, nothing is off the table. His economic policy credentials are even more solid. If it weren't for the job growth in Texas under his watch, the GDP and employment rate under Obama would be an anemic fraction of what it is today.

His comment at the Heritage Foundation were spot on. Immigration reform can only proceed after the border is secured, and the border can be secured. That is the responsibility of the federal government, not the states.

As to the comments below, I get it that you don't like Perry. I don't get why, maybe you want to nominate another limp wrist loser like McCain or Romney or another Bush. If that's the case, you can kiss 2016 goodbye.

Rick Perry is not stupid. You don't serve in the military, graduate from a university, and get elected as Agricultural Commissioner, Lt. Governor and Governor by being stupid.

Perry is for limited government, low taxation, less regulation, economic growth, and border security. He has far more credentials and experience than any potential candidate out there.

Yeah, he blew it the last time around, but he was coming off of back surgery and on medication, inadequately prepared for a national campaign, then. That experience will serve him well this time around. Since, he's been travelling all over the country, giving speeches and writing editorials. And all reports are that he's been well received everywhere he appears. He's gaining experience for a national campaign. Now that he's not running for governor, he can devote the next two years to his national campaign. And he's off to a good start.

This specious indictment will only make him look more favorable to average Americans. When it's thrown out of court, as it should be, or when he's found not guilty, as he should be, it only makes him more favorable in the eyes of the public.

I don't fear the Clinton machine. First, Hillary is not going to run. She's using the prospect of running to garner large speeking fees. Second, if she does run, the Democrats won't nominate her. They didn't the last time.

After two more years of Obama, the American people will have had enough of these "progressive" liberal Democrats and their Alinsky thuggery.

Rick Perry is the only potential candidate out there that I can see winning the presidency. He's right on all of the most important topics--economic growth, border security, and foreign policy--he's far more credentialed and experienced than any other potential candidate.

And I've actually met the man. Yeah, it was at a fundraiser. Nice guy, fun loving but serious; he carries a gun and knows how to use it. That appeals to more American citizens than are commenting on this thread.
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Well, Mr. Nord, you can start by calling out all the NFL, MLB and NBA players who regularly vacation in Mexico. All the other celebrities too.

I don't know why they choose to vacation in Mexico. It's a very dangerous place. I haven't been to Mexico in 20 years, and I live 30 miles from the border. We used to go to Mexico all the time when I was much younger, but the last time I was in Reynosa, there was some sort of war going on between the cab companies. It was unbelievable, these cab drivers driving around shooting at each other on the streets. I saw that, turned around and left, never went back.

It's a delicate relationship between the US, especially Texas, and Mexico. Here's what happened. Back in the 80s, Columbian drug cartels were using the Carribean and Florida as their main avenues for smuggling drugs. Think Miami Vice. When the DEA cracked down on that, the cartels simply switched to smuggling drugs through Mexico. That's when the Mexican cartels began, and they are exceedingly violent. Given their poximity to the border, lax law enforcement on the US side, and easy access to major transportation sites, such as the port of Brownsville and the truck stop in Laredo, they essentially have free access to the interior of the entire country. And with the routes available through NAFTA, these cartels are not only smuggling drugs but humans as well. It is the abject failure of the federal government to put an end to this narco-terrorism and human trafficking that is the ultimate cause of the problem. Rick Perry understands that better than any other governor.

The Mexican economy does not run off of tourism. It runs off of agricultural exports, drug smuggling and human trafficking. And you're right, it's government is corrupt to the core. It no longer abides by or even pretends to honor the Treaty of Hidalgo, which was signed in the mid-1800s after the last Mexican-American war. That alone should be considered an act of war, but you won't find anybody in Washington who will make that argument.

No one wants another Mexican-American war, certainly not Mexico because Mexico would surely lose and in a most embarrassing fashion. A lot of people would be killed. Economic ties would be broken, and the racial optics in the US would be a nightmare, given the press here.

That would be playing into the radical leftists' hands. The reports would be horrific, all blaming the US. Rick Perry is way too smart for that.

Rather, he prefers to take the more reasoned road. Secure the border first, then talk about immigration reform. And if Mexico refuses to comply, then as he says, nothing is off the table.

Rick Perry has never lost an election in Texas. I voted for him every time he ran for office. That includes Agricultural Commissioner, Lt. Governor, and Governor, the most powerful offices in the state. And I'd vote for him again. I would have voted for him in the last presidential election, but he bowed out due to ill-health and because he wasn't adequately prepared.

He will be adequately prepared this time around. I think that failing in his first national campaign was the best thing that could have happened to him. He's seasoned now, and he's tougher than most. This specious indictment against him only shows how desperate the Democrats are to stop him from running. They have no one who can match his credentials and experience. Neither do the establishment RINOs.

When he leaves office in January, he'll have two years to prepare for a national campaign, which is already underway. He's a military veteran and an experienced executive, strong on boder security and economic policy; why do you think the Democrats and the radical left are trying to smear him now?

The RINO left, the so-called "conservatives" are also trying to smear him.

Rick Perry has been an excellent Agricultural Commissioner, Lt. Governor and Governor of the state of Texas. He will be an excellent President of the United States.
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GG - Minor quibble - it is The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (http://www.history.com/topics/treaty-of-guadalupe-hidalgo)

Back in '08 my job in NM folded. I got one in the DFW area in my profession. I love it here. Live in very conservative Collin County.

Perry in '16!

Cruz can be his V-P.
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Fallacy revealed in your headline:
Perry in D.C.: ‘Common Sense’ Says Terrorists Likely to Cross Illegally at Southern Border

Two words, "common sense" encapsulate what the progressives are NOT about.

Frankly, the Obama big picture screams that the intent is to encourage terrorists to cross... order from chaos, but first we'll need the chaos.
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Rodrigo has written this piece as if he were a freshman in journalism school.
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The Heritage Foundation is the big stage among conservative circles. That Perry spoke there so soon after his specious indictment indicates that he is resolute and undeterred.

Rick Perry is the only potential candidate of either party who has actually served in the military. His foreign policy credentials are solid. And he's right, nothing is off the table. His economic policy credentials are even more solid. If it weren't for the job growth in Texas under his watch, the GDP and employment rate under Obama would be an anemic fraction of what it is today.

His comment at the Heritage Foundation were spot on. Immigration reform can only proceed after the border is secured, and the border can be secured. That is the responsibility of the federal government, not the states.

As to the comments below, I get it that you don't like Perry. I don't get why, maybe you want to nominate another limp wrist loser like McCain or Romney or another Bush. If that's the case, you can kiss 2016 goodbye.

Rick Perry is not stupid. You don't serve in the military, graduate from a university, and get elected as Agricultural Commissioner, Lt. Governor and Governor by being stupid.

Perry is for limited government, low taxation, less regulation, economic growth, and border security. He has far more credentials and experience than any potential candidate out there.

Yeah, he blew it the last time around, but he was coming off of back surgery and on medication, inadequately prepared for a national campaign, then. That experience will serve him well this time around. Since, he's been travelling all over the country, giving speeches and writing editorials. And all reports are that he's been well received everywhere he appears. He's gaining experience for a national campaign. Now that he's not running for governor, he can devote the next two years to his national campaign. And he's off to a good start.

This specious indictment will only make him look more favorable to average Americans. When it's thrown out of court, as it should be, or when he's found not guilty, as he should be, it only makes him more favorable in the eyes of the public.

I don't fear the Clinton machine. First, Hillary is not going to run. She's using the prospect of running to garner large speeking fees. Second, if she does run, the Democrats won't nominate her. They didn't the last time.

After two more years of Obama, the American people will have had enough of these "progressive" liberal Democrats and their Alinsky thuggery.

Rick Perry is the only potential candidate out there that I can see winning the presidency. He's right on all of the most important topics--economic growth, border security, and foreign policy--he's far more credentialed and experienced than any other potential candidate.

And I've actually met the man. Yeah, it was at a fundraiser. Nice guy, fun loving but serious; he carries a gun and knows how to use it. That appeals to more American citizens than are commenting on this thread.
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I wish Mr. Perry or someone of his stature would lead the American People in an embargo of everything Mexican. The Mexican economy runs on American money fueled by tourism and a few other things, why couldn't a Mr. Perry just say; the Mexican government and the Demorcrat Party is the reason for the illegal invasion, they help, acquiesce to the flow of transient illegals from all over the world including of ISIS and Hamas and any other terrorist organization and until they stop we will embargo all tourism and money flowing into Mexico. Just that will stop the illegals whether Obama and the Democrats want it or not. Mexico has become our enemy, call it like EVERYONE see's it.
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I'll take Perry's opinion regarding what 'we' need to do about the border or ISIS or anything else seriously when he actually does something about the invasion of his state beyond wishing and hoping Obama will get it together or making empty gestures like sending the National Guard to play Walmart greeters on the border- not that anyone has actually been sent yet, but, you know, his heart's in the right place- Washington, DC apparently.
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Perry is very aware of his limitations vis-à-vis the border. His choices are very limited. He can blow his budget and call out ALL of the Guard or strip all state police (DPS/Rangers) from their local areas and he STILL wouldn't have enough enforcement. These 1000 Guardsmen are a symbol of what is required.
Ideally an 18 ft fence (tilted out 20 degrees) of steel panels would be used. Electrify the top with voltage. No, it wouldn't be pretty but it would seal the deal AND the border. It would send a POWERFUL message to the illegals already in this country as well as stop the inflow.
One has to wonder at the people who wring their hands and yet no attempt at a solution will work for them. These immigrants will NOT stop at the border and present papers. ANY crack in the system of enforcement WILL be exploited. If not by them, by the Democrats. That too, is a given. Remember, perfection is the enemy of good enough.
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264E does not seem to understand the legal and Constitutional reasons why Perry's border powers are limited. The problem is indeed in Washington, DC, so 264E may be getting a faint clue.
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The problem is indeed in Washington, DC. Where is even a faint clue that Washington, DC will fix itself? Do those in Washington, DC follow the rules? Perhaps we are in need of true leaders who refuse to be neutered by Washington, DC- rather than merely aspiring to be part of it.

"Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst announced a Texas-led three-week effort that he says reduced illegal immigration, smuggling, and human trafficking to a standstill in the Rio Grande River section of the U.S./Mexico border. "
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/12/06/Exclusive-Interview-Texas-Lt-Governor-We-Shut-Down-The-Border-Ourselves
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And, Don, the Guard headed there this week but again it does not fit the narrative.
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The Guard will be limited to calling the Border Patrol. Pardon me for being unimpressed.
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hey didn't B.O. tell us Bin Lade is dead, and he was praised for such military genius, you know a policy of no victors and no vanquished.

So we can add to Bin Laden is Dead and so is Foley.
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"The Texas Republican also veered into foreign policy, saying the U.S. should go after the Islamic militants who beheaded American journalist James Foley.

But don't just limit it to them. Get, as in kill, as many ISIS as one reasonably can. I suggest napalm where practical. White phosphorous if the napalm runs out. But no staying this time for any "Great Islamic Society Nation Building" sociology experiments with our troops as lab rats, like that previous Texan did in Iraq, or the previous Texan to that did in Vietnam.
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Joe - Low info folks like you willfully forget the speech where GWB said it would be a multi-decade project. It does not fit your preconceived notions.
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Says any talk about immigration reform is “pointless because Washington has no credibility” on the issue.

Well then, that pretty makes any and all talk from Washington pointless as they have no credibility on every issue I can think of.
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Why bother, just fly in as an illegal immigrant. No papers necessary.
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This is one of the reasons the Prog establishment wants Perry gagged.
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Mandy Manners:
This is one of the reasons the Prog establishment wants Perry gagged.

This comment was reported. I am posting it back.
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Thanks! Perhaps someone intended to hit the "Like" button but hit the "Report Abuse" button instead.
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I was wondering why that comment was reported, and said so in an epic rant that was lost along with my connection to the server.

Condensed version: I don't like Perry. He has never come around on my "heartless" resistance to levying my wages for the purpose of educating Mexican citizens in the U.S. (my friends and I donate to missions that feed and educate people in Mexico). He's dumb. He's a deer in the headlights, bad on his feet and a dull speaker who will prove NO match for the Clinton machine. Sure, let him speak. First Amendment and all. But if the Republican primary voters of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada give me this bozo as a candidate, I'll write in Mickey Mouse.
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With friends like you.......
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