Barack Obama has repeatedly cited his ability to use a pen and a phone to unilaterally enforce his leftist agenda. When it comes to actually securing the nation’s porous border, however, states most affected by illegal immigration lament the administration’s notable lack of action.
Possibly taking a cue from the Democrat president’s playbook, Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently announced that he is ready to take on the daunting task alone if the federal government refuses to enforce its own laws.
He touted his state’s ability to act in the pursuit of a common goal, insisting Texas can and will put a halt to the troubling influx of illegals.
“We’ve been able to shut down illegal activities in certain sectors with our different operations that we’ve had,” he said in an interview with Glenn Beck this week.
He noted that this ability to get things done can translate into a statewide effort to tackle the border crisis.
According to Perry, “there’s a point in time where you say, ‘You know what? This 1,200 mile border has to be secured.’ And if there is a people and if there is a place that it can happen, it will be Texas.”
The self-assured Republican refuted claims by some amnesty advocates that those crossing illegally into the U.S. are primarily innocent children looking for a better life.
“Eighty percent of those coming across, we don’t know who they are,” he said.
Perry confirmed that many of these illegals are not only in constant violation of American law but pose a serious safety threat to U.S. citizens.
“In Katy, Texas, yesterday,” he said, “an individual was apprehended who had murdered an individual in Louisiana.”
He noted that illegals have been implicated in about 3,000 murders over the past six years.
Those minors who do embark on the treacherous journey, he lamented, often encounter unspeakable violence instead of a fast track to the American dream.
“That’s unacceptable,” he asserted, “and that’s the reason that we have to secure the border.”
Though he admits to “hoping against hope” that the Obama administration will be “a partner in this,” Perry said he is willing to call on his fellow Texans to do the job the federal government seems unable or unwilling to undertake.
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