Rick Perry Thinks There is a White House Conspiracy to Flood the Nation with Undocumented Immigrants
In an appearance on This Week on ABC, Texas Governor Rick Perry doubled-down on the idea he first floated on Fox News that the current crisis at the border is part of some kind of Obama Administration conspiracy.
Guest-host Martha Raddatz played a clip from Perry’s June 17th appearance on Fox News where he said, “The federal government is just absolutely failing; you either have an incredibly inept administration or they’re in on it somehow.” Perry then adds, “I hate to be conspiratorial.”
When Raddatz asked Perry if he “really believe[d] there is some sort of conspiracy,” Perry seemed aware that his sentiments wouldn’t play as well on a Sunday network show than it did on Fox News, but he still didn’t back down from the idea.
Perry goes on to talk about letters he sent to the President asking for him to secure the border – it is unclear if he was more specific in the letter or just as vague as he is typically on these talking head appearances he makes – in 2010 and 2012. Perry then goes on to blast the Administration for not sending him any response, saying “I have to believe, that when you do not respond in any way, that you are either inept or you have some ulterior motive from which you are functioning from.”
Despite the nonsensical construction of that latter part of his statement and the ridiculousness of his claim that there is some sort of conspiracy to flood the U.S. with undocumented immigrants, it is somewhat remarkable that the President hasn’t spoken to the Governor of Texas especially considering President Obama’s immigration announcement.
While this smacks of partisan bickering interfering with governance, the Congress could take immediate action on this problem. Had they passed any of the immigration reform measures that have come up in recent years, perhaps this situation would not currently be so dire. Yet, attacking fellow Republicans (especially in a midterm year) would not bode well for Governor Perry’s future runs for President political endeavors.
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