Texas Gov. Perry says illegal immigration is a national security issue
Perry joined Republican State Committee Chairwoman Jennifer Horn in a call with New Hampshire reporters Thursday and accused President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, of being soft on illegal immigration.
The immigration problem at the southern border is a humanitarian crisis because of the more than 50,000 children who are illegal immigrants, many of whom are flooding across the Texas-Mexico border from Central American countries and are being apprehended in large numbers.
Obama, speaking July 10, acknowledged the challenge in addressing those who have flocked to the Rio Grande valley. “It is unlikely that their children will be able to stay,” Obama said.
About half of the $3.7 billion would go to border security, enforcement and expedited removal of people, according to the White House.
Perry, during the conference call, said his decision to mobilize 1,000 Guard members at the border was prompted in part by the criminal activity of thousands of illegal immigrants, including homicide and assaults.
“The Washington Post reported just last week that the administration knew about the building humanitarian crisis at the border over a year ago, but did nothing to solve the problem,” Horn said. “This is the type of failed leadership that unfortunately Granite Staters have come to expect from both President Obama and from Senator Jeanne Shaheen.”
After Brown launched an ad focusing on the immigration crisis earlier this week, Democrats responded that Shaheen voted for comprehensive immigration reform to increase border security. Some Republicans, including U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, voted for the same reform bill in 2013.