Texas Governor Rick Perry appeared on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos and clashed with guest host Martha Raddatz.
During the interview Raddatz repeatedly interrupted the Republican governor and defended Barack Obama’s reckless and dangerous open border policies.
Rick Perry was not deterred.
Via Truth Revolt YouTube Channel:
Here’s the transcript of Raddatz defending Obama on This Week.
What an awful Obama lackey.
RADDATZ: — of the Customs and Border Patrol say he is confident they have enough resources on the border. They’ve added…
PERRY: He is…
RADDATZ: — people.
PERRY: — he is absolutely and totally wrong. For one thing, there is a Border Patrol agent — I should say, 15 Border Patrol agents per mile from El Paso to California. In Texas, that number is seven Border Patrol agents totally per mile. So the idea that there’s equity and there’s enough Border Patrol agents is totally and absolutely…
RADDATZ: But — but…
PERRY: — incorrect.
RADDATZ: — but Governor, this — this is about a law. This isn’t necessarily about Border Patrol. This is about a law. You heard in Jim Avila’s piece, they have to let these people into the country when they’re from non-contiguous nations, when they’re from Central America or South America.
Should that law be changed?
PERRY: The rule of law is that “The Constitution” requires the United States to secure the border. And we’re not doing that. We haven’t done it for years. And we are paying a huge price.
When you have catch and release policies that send…
RADDATZ: But — but, Governor, please…
PERRY: — a message to people…
RADDATZ: — go back to the law…
PERRY: — in Central America…
RADDATZ: — the 2008 law that was signed into law by George Bush.
Isn’t this is a backlog in the courts?
Doesn’t that have to be addressed first?
PERRY: What has to be addressed is the security of the border. You know that. I know that. The president of the United States knows that. I don’t believe he particularly cares whether or not the border of the United States is — is secure.
And that’s the reason there’s been this lack of effort, this lack of focus, this lack of resources…
RADDATZ: He’s telling people not to come.
PERRY: — and…
RADDATZ: He’s telling them in ads not to come into the United States, not to leave their homes.
PERRY: About — about five years too late would be my response to that. The president has sent powerful messages time after time…
RADDATZ: But, Governor, you’ve made — I — I want to go back to an interview you did on Fox News. You re— you recently made some pretty serious allegations against the federal government.
Let’s — let’s listen to what you said to Fox News.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
PERRY: The federal government is just absolutely failing. We either have an incredibly inept administration, or they’re in on this somehow or another. I mean I hate to be conspiratorial, but I mean how do you move that many people from Central America across Mexico and then into the United States without there being a fairly coordinated effort?
(END VIDEO CLIP)
RADDATZ: Governor, do you really believe there’s some sort of conspiracy to get people into the United States by the federal government, by the Obama administration?
PERRY: When I have — when I have written a letter that is dated May of 2012, and I have yet to have a response from this administration, I will tell you they either are inept or don’t care, and that is my position.
We have been bringing to the attention of President Obama and his administration since 2010, he received a letter from me on the tarmac. He sends — I have to believe that when you do not respond in any way, that you are either inept, or you have some ulterior motive of which you are functioning from.
So the issue is, this president understands now that we have a huge problem on our southern border. We have to deal with it. And I don’t think you’re going to be able to address it until you put the resources there, and that’s boots on the ground. We’re asking for the FAA to allow for drones to be used.
Unless we secure our southern border, this is going to continue to be a massive amount of individuals that are coming to the United States. And, frankly, we don’t have a place to house them as it is. And if we have a major event, a hurricane that comes in to the Gulf Coast, I don’t have a place to be housing people who are displaced.
RADDATZ: OK, governor, I’m going to have to stop you there.
PERRY: This administration is housing them.
RADDATZ: I’m going to have to stop you there.