Texas Governor Rick Perry made the rounds of the Sunday morning talk shows just days after President Barack Obama met with Perry in Texas. During their meeting, Obama urged Perry to put the heat on the Texas Congressional delegation to pass the $3.7 billion legislation the President is proposing to deal with the illegal immigration crisis.
Unfortunately for Obama, the Republican Governor thinks the President’s plan stinks.
On “Fox News Sunday,” Brit Hume asked Perry what he thought of the proposal and whether he would encourage the members of the Texas delegation to vote for it.
Perry said that while he appreciated Obama’s taking time to speak with him, “I do think he should go to the border himself and take a look at this, just like some of these Democrat colleagues and a number of us on the Republican side want him to.”
Specifically regarding the President’s proposal, Perry said, “As I look at that piece of legislation, it is a very large amount of money. As you analyze it, very little of it is for border security. … And it is a border security issue.”
Perry pointed out repeatedly that he’s asked for “1,000 National Guard troops” for more than four years, to no avail. On CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Perry told Bob Schieffer: “As a matter of fact, in May of 2012, Bob, I gave the President a heads-up on what was happening with these unaccompanied children, these alien children who were coming in on the tops of trains.
“And we laid out exactly what we felt was going to happen if we didn’t address that, and now we’re seeing that become reality with literally tens of thousands of these young children making this long, arduous, very dangerous trip — being separated from their parents. And it could have been stopped years ago, had the administration listened — had the administration been focused on the border with Texas.”
But the Republican Governor was not the only Texan criticizing Obama’s handling of the immigration crisis.
On NBC News’ “Meet the Press,” Representative Joaquin Castro, a Democrat, admitted he doesn’t support the President’s plan.
And it wasn’t just Texans who were speaking out about what some are calling Obama’s Katrina.
On ABC News’ “This Week,” Representative Robert Goodlatte (R-Va.). chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said: “This matter can be addressed if the President will exercise leadership and stop not enforcing the law. He doesn’t enforce the law. … He’s releasing criminal aliens back on to our streets that have been detained, rather than making sure they get sent back to their home countries.”
When asked whether he supports the Presidents proposed legislation, Goodlatte responded: “I would definitely pass emergency funding targeted for what is necessary. But most of the money that the President is asking for is to continue the process of further transporting these children and adults, by the way, further into the United States. And that, I think, is what the American people don’t like to see, because they know that that is not deterrence.”