Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been among the most vocal Republicans calling for immediate and decisive action regarding the ongoing border crisis. While his state is disproportionately affected by the ongoing influx, he has repeatedly asserted that his concerns lie in protecting Americans, illegals who embark on an often deadly journey from their home countries, and the rule of law.
In a recent CNN interview, he expounded on the potential risk posed by criminals crossing into the U.S. to target Americans.
“I’m the governor of the state of Texas,” he told ‘State of the Union’ host Candy Crowley. “My citizens’ safety is what’s foremost here.”
Calling the steady stream of unaccompanied Central American children a “side issue,” he explained that he is much more worried about potentially dangerous individuals coming not only from Central America and Mexico but from nations that are known to harbor terrorists.
“When you think about the idea that some of them are from countries that have substantial terrorist ties,” he explained, “whether it’s Pakistan or Afghanistan or Syria, we are at historic record highs with individuals being apprehended from those countries. We say it’s time to secure the border.”
Crowley asked Perry whether his stance on the issue is a political move ahead of a possible 2016 presidential candidacy.
He responded that his effort to secure the border “hasn’t got anything to do with anything other than those numbers of individuals who are coming across the border.”
Perry went on to say that he is working on behalf of Texans – and Americans in general – who have grown tired of an inactive and inattentive federal government.
He said citizens “expect Washington to respect the Constitution and secure the border,” noting that failure to uphold U.S. laws is a clear violation of that trust.
“One of the things that’s actually enumerated in the Constitution,” he concluded, “we’d like them to do their duty.”
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