HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) — Governor Rick Perry, R-Tex., said that the Lone Star State is being flooded with “record high numbers” of people from terrorist-linked countries, and that Texas simply doesn’t have the resources to secure the border.
Appearing on Fox News Tuesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said that the state outright lacks the resources and the manpower to secure the 1,200-mile border shared with Mexico.
“We don’t have the resources, nor the manpower, to be able to do that for the 1,200 miles. If we did, we would.”
Perry warned: “We have record high numbers of other than Mexicans being apprehended at the border. these are people that are coming from states like Syria that have substantial connections back to terrorist regimes and terrorist operations. So we’re seeing record, historic high numbers of these individuals being apprehended.”
Perry noted that he warned the Obama administration about the current border crisis in 2012, but is still waiting for a response from the federal government.
“We flagged this issue in 2012 and have yet to even have a response as far as I know, from not just, not from the president, but not even from his administration,” said Perry. “[Obama] is totally and absolutely either inept or making some decisions that are not in the best interest of American citizens, particularly from a public safety standpoint.”
“We’ve been sounding that alarm and putting substantial Texas dollars into it,” Perry continued. “We have a request in for even more dollars going towards border security from the Texas standpoint. But it’s 1,200 miles and the idea that the State of Texas should be doing this, I get it, my citizens require me to keep them safe.”
The one-time Republican presidential frontrunner in 2012, Perry has spent much of his time travelling the U.S. in an attempt to lure companies to the business-friendly climate in the Lone Star State.
In a New York Times Magazine article published this week, Perry gave his standard 2016 presidential consideration, stating simply, “I dunno.”