Long gone are the days when Rick Perry showed any semblance of compassion for the plight of undocumented children and families. Instead of working to find a solution to his state’s most recent border crisis, the Texas Governor and 2016 Presidential hopeful is doubling down on photo ops and party politics. Here’s more from CNN…
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he won’t encourage his state’s congressional delegation to approve President Obama’s request for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to mitigate the border crisis.
“The President doesn’t have to have this big amount of money,” Perry told Fox News Channel’s Brit Hume. “He could pick up the phone today, call the (Defense Department) and direct them to have the 1,000 National Guard troops on the border.”
Perry said the physical presence of the National Guard would send a clear, visual message to potential immigrants that U.S. borders are not wide open.
“They need to be right on the river,” he said. “They need to be there as a show of force, because that’s the message that gets sent back very quickly to Central America.”
It doesn’t take a thousand National Guardsmen and Guardswomen to decipher the message that the Governor is trying to send here. The only thing Perry cares about now is using the current border crisis as a meal ticket to 2016. Don’t forget… he is not someone that is unconnected to the realities of these issues, as he has dealt with them consistently since Barack Obama was a State Senator in Illinois. For Perry to come out now and say that the only thing needed on the border is more troops is nothing short of lunacy. He’s well aware of the detrimental need for more immigration lawyers and judges to process these children the correct way. He’s well aware of the critical need for more humanitarian aid, including shelters, food and other supplies.
It’s a sad day for the people of Texas when our Governor can become so obsessed with his political aspirations that he completely ignores the needs of his state. But in fairness, President Obama also needs to stop playing politics here. It’s time for the Commander-in-Chief to come to the border… not for a photo op like Perry, but to assess the situation at a personal level. Asking for aid from Congress is in part a political move, given the current brokenness of the institution. We need some leadership on this issue Mr. President, and with the total ineptitude coming from our state’s top official and from Congress, that job (once again) falls to you.