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Perry Warned Obama About Border Surge 2 Years Ago

From the Washington Post, of all places:

Before border crisis peaked, Texas governor warned Obama administration

By David Nakamura | July 9, 2014

… Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), says the administration has no excuse for being surprised [about the border crisis]. In a letter to Obama more than two years ago, Perry raised a red alarm about an influx of unaccompanied children crossing the southern border, citing federal statistics showing that the number of minors had shot up 90 percent.

Gee, what was Obama doing two years ago? Oh, that’s right, Obama was threatening to bypass Congress by enacting via executive order the DREAM Act which Congress had rejected.

And, true to his word, Obama issued his ‘Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in a memorandum on June 15, 2012. Funny how the WP doesn’t remember that.

“By failing to take immediate action to return these minors to their countries of origin and prevent and discourage others from coming here, the federal government is perpetuating the problem,” Perry wrote to Obama in May 2012. “Inaction encourages other minors to place themselves in extremely dangerous situations. . . .Every day of delay risks more lives. Every child allowed to remain encourages hundreds more to attempt the journey.”

Two years later, Perry’s letter appears prescient. The number of unaccompanied children at the border, which was 5,200 in 2012, has shot up to more than 52,000 this year — and it could reach 90,000 by the end of September, according to internal Border Patrol estimates…

The number is already over 57,000. And that leaves out the children coming with parents, which pushes the total way over 300,000.

The GOP says Obama has ignored other warnings about the crisis. On MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown” on Wednesday, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said his office has evidence that the administration has known about the latest surge of minors since January…

And it’s been going on since at least last December. But there has been no media coverage for those eight months. So Obama didn’t see it on his TV.

Craig Fugate, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said during a Senate committee hearing on Wednesday that his agency did not get involved in helping manage the government’s response at the border until May…

And we were told FEMA’s response to Katrina was disgracefully slow. (Which was actually untrue.)

Perry — widely viewed as a potential 2016 presidential candidate — says he never received a response to his 2012 letter and has denounced Obama for failing to act sooner. He has declared in a round of interviews that Obama is complicit in the problem, even offering a conspiracy theory that the president created the crisis on purpose.

“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,” Perry said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday…

What a lunatic. Obama’s hands are tied. After all, he can’t just change our immigration laws by executive order. Except when he feels like it.

White House officials dismiss Perry’s criticism and said the administration did respond to the governor over his 2012 concerns. A senior administration official said federal officials briefed the governor’s staff more than once on the administration’s efforts to deal with border security after receiving the letter.

This official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations, said Perry later acknowledged the briefings in a followup letter. The official emphasized that the governor, in his first letter, did not ask the administration for anything in particular and offered no solutions of his own…

If any of this were even remotely true, you can bet we would be seeing the WH letter. But, of course, it’s yet another fabrication.

Ray Sullivan, Perry’s chief of staff from 2009 to 2011, said the governor has “sounded the alarm” bells on immigration with both the Bush and Obama administrations. He said Perry met Obama on the tarmac in El Paso in 2010 and attempted to give him a letter about the immigration situation and his ideas on how to bolster security.

“The president wouldn’t even take it. He told him to give it to Valerie Jarrett, who was standing behind him,” Sullivan said…

That sure has the ring of truth to it.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 10th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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