Perry: No Word From Obama Since July 9 Meeting
At that meeting, Perry urged the president to deploy National Guard troops to the border; he asked for border patrol agents stationed inland to be moved closer to the border; and he asked for approval to use drone surveillance.
Perry on Wednesday described the influx of illegal aliens into the Rio Grande Valley as a "full-blown" crisis that puts Texas citizens "in jeopardy."
Since the fall of 2008, more than 203,000 illegal aliens have been booked into Texas jails, Perry told Fox News's Sean Hannity Wednesday night. "Those individuals have been accounted for over 3,000 homicides and over 8,000 sexual assaults.
"We can't afford to wait for Washington to secure this border. We've had enough, and we're going to secure the southern border."
On July 21, Perry announced that he will deploy up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas border, since President Obama won't do it himself. The troops will support an ongoing "surge" by Texas law enforcement, and Texas taxpayers will pick up the tab.
Perry said the extra troops also will fill the gap left by a "distracted" border patrol, which is now dealing with an influx of unaccompanied children.
Perry noted that Central Americans and Mexicans aren't the only ones sneaking into the United States: He mentioned a ranch in far West Texas, where three Ukrainians were apprehended last week.
"So we are seeing, obviously, individuals from countries that have strong terrorist ties being apprehended, as well as individuals who are committing crimes against the citizens of our state."
President Obama declined to visit the overwhelmed border facilities when he was in Texas, drawing criticism even from some Democrats.
Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, say the border crisis is the direct result of "Obama's lawlessness" in waiving deportation for many illegal aliens who came to the U.S. as children. Although Obama's policy does not include the recent arrivals, they don't know that, Cruz told Hannity Wednesday night.
"This weekend, I was down at the border. I was down at McAllen. I met with the chief of border patrol. I met with a number of border patrol agents. And I asked the agents, I said, Why is this happening? Why are so many children coming now? What's changed? Every single border patrol agent answered, they said, they're coming because they believe they're getting amnesty."
Cruz criticized Obama and his fellow Democrats for ignoring the suffering that their policies are causing:
"And it's important to understand these little boys, these little girls, are being brought into this country not by well-meaning social workers with Birkenstocks and beards. They're being brought in by violent, vicious drug cartels. And these little boys and little girls are being physically assaulted, being sexually assaulted.
"And it is really sad to see President Obama and the Democrats unwilling to do anything to solve this crisis."
Cruz said the president's request for $3.7 billion in emergency spending is a "very cynical bill because it's all HHS social spending, with nothing to solve the problem, which means the president is assuming that next year, tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of little boys continue to be brought in by drug dealers and cartels, continue to be physically, sexually assaulted.
"That is not compassionate. That is not humane," Cruz said.
"The compassionate, humane thing to do is enforce the law and stop President Obama's amnesty that's the direct cause of all these little boys and girls being victimized."