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July 9, 2014 - 5:04 pm

After meeting with President Obama on the border crisis in Dallas today, Texas Gov. Rick Perry issued the following statement. In it, he lists several measures that the president should take to secure the border. Here is the governor’s full statement.

DALLAS – Gov. Rick Perry today met with President Barack Obama to discuss the ongoing humanitarian and national security crises occurring along the Texas-Mexico border. In the meeting, Gov. Perry urged the president to undertake the necessary steps to secure the border and ease the crises.

“Five hundred miles south of here in the Rio Grande Valley there is a humanitarian crisis unfolding that has been created by bad public policy, in particular the failure to secure the border,” Gov. Perry said. “Securing the border is attainable, and the president needs to commit the resources necessary to get this done.”

Among the requests Gov. Perry made to President Obama to secure the border:

  • Visit the Texas-Mexico border to witness firsthand the impact of the border crisis;
  • Deploy an additional 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border to immediately enhance border security operations;
  • Direct the Federal Aviation Administration to allow the National Guard to utilize Predator drones along the Texas-Mexico border for identifying and tracking human and drug trafficking;
  • Medically screen all illegal immigrants to ensure their health and the health of our citizens;
  • Direct the Centers for Disease Control or another appropriate federal agency outside the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct, in conjunction with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), inspections of facilities in which illegal immigrants, including UACs, are being housed to ensure accepted international and national emergency sheltering standards are met;
  • Modify or rescind policies that serve as a magnet to encourage illegal immigration, including:
  • DHS Catch and Release policies by which DHS issues an illegal immigrant an NTA before an immigration judge and releases them. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that 33 percent of those released on their own recognizance failed to appear in FY 2013.
  • Deportation policies and procedures that prohibit UACs from countries other than Mexico and Canada from being immediately repatriated back to their country of origin. After DHS processes these UACs, they are issued an NTA and delivered to a sponsor or relative in the United States, regardless of the relative’s immigration status.

President Obama has already rejected the first point, and refuses to visit the border to see the situation for himself. The White House came up with a new excuse today — that the president’s presence might get in the way of security on the border.

The Texas-Mexico border is more than 1200 miles long.

The sixth point and its two subordinate points are at the root of the problem. The UAC’s flooding the border expect to get to stay, because the talk of “comprehensive immigration reform” always causes a spike in illegal crossings; because of how the 2008 William Wilberforce Act is being implemented; and because of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The latter is an executive order. Obama imposed it without Congress, yet today he says that he cannot act without Congress.

Those are among the policies Gov. Perry is referring to. President Obama has no intention of changing them, at least not DACA. He did not even mention that one during his own statement on the border this afternoon. Instead of acknowledging that his own policies have played any role in the crisis, he instead blamed Republicans and demanded that they do exactly what he says, or he will take no action on his own to fix the problem.

Some people might see that as extortion.

DACA is his policy, created via executive order. He could rescind it any time he wants. He won’t.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Mexico is committing an act of war. We need to declare war, and bomb some army bases down there. Arrest all the coyotes, put them in prison for 20 years. If they resist arrest, then we put them down on the spot, and no burial.

Offense is the best defense!

Why are Americans such fraidy cats? WAR!
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12 0 years ago medical screening was part of the routine with immigrants.
That we've regressed to the Middle Ages is criminal.
14 weeks ago
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Cloward Piven.

It's not going to be fixed because the crisis was hand manufactured on purpose. And it's working as intended.

Cloward Piven.
14 weeks ago
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How about 'If you won't do it, I'll have to.", tough guy?
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Perry has done it. Using Texas tax payers money. Texas should not have to do it as it is a Federal responsibility as stated in the Constitution. Also Texas can't provide security for NM, AZ and CA.
This is not a 'tough guy' play. It is holding Obama to the the responsibilities of the President and Commander in Chief.
You got a problem with that tough guy?
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"Perry has done it. "

What? Perry has done NOTHING. Except whine. What planet are you on?
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Excuse me! What has Obama done t fix the situation, huh? Nothing and you idiots call him a president? Get real!
14 weeks ago
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Well, you're wrong. The Governor does not thave the autority to order the Guard into a military action, the Guard is Nationalized and is part of the US Military and the Governors authority is limited. The Governor of Texas has done what he can and has used resources in the past to close the border when he had to.
'brookriver' is exactly right.
Texas NATIONAL Guard does not belong to Texas.
14 weeks ago
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Wrong, on all counts. Please Try again.
14 weeks ago
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I don't think Perry has the authority to put the Texas National Guard on the border.

And that's what it will take to secure the border.
14 weeks ago
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The Texas National Guard, belongs to TEXAS. If Texas had a man for a governor, they would be deployed two weeks ago.

I have to laugh, at all the people who are falling for Perry's act. Obama is laughing, because Perry's presidential hopes have just gone over the wall. Cowardice is not welcomed, even now, in governors.
14 weeks ago
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You are just as racist as this worthless idiot of a so called president who is more like a stand in for the real one. Give me a break, LOL!!!!!
14 weeks ago
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Forget Obama. Could Texas law ban all watercraft and swimmers from a section of the Rio Grande adjacent to the border with Mexico? Impound all watercraft that travel in the exclusion zone and detain individuals that violate the law? Coyotes wouldn't transport as many illegals across the river if they had a significant risk of having their boat impounded for months.
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They know how to do 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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Ah, problem there - there are numerous parts of the Rio Grande that are so shallow, you can wade across. I used to see illegals doing this in El Paso, back during the late 70s. So it'd help, but not stop it.
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Parents in Central America, knowing their children will be greeted by armed National Guard rather than welcomed by powerless Border Control agents would rethink their decision to send those children don't you think?
In addition enough troops deployed would take care of those shallow fords in the Rio.
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One thing Obama could do that would REALLY help would be to resign.
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I have a better solution for Obama that I best not post. Let's just say that it involves a bunker.
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