Texas Gov. Rick Perry met with the President Wednesday in a pair of meetings in Dallas to discuss border security, and immigration issues.
Obama described the meeting as “constructive,” but judging from the above photo it was not immediately clear if Governor Perry would agree with that assessment. He looks to be grimacing, while others around the table seem to be sharing a joke he’s not in on.
Via US News:
In the larger meeting, Perry focused on securing the border, once again urging the president to deploy National Guard troops to beef up security there, said Democratic Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, one of the participants. Obama said it would be more costly to put the National Guard there than to solve the problem, Johnson said.
The meetings were held as unaccompanied minors, mostly from Central America, continue to pour over Texas’ southern border with Mexico. More than 52,000 of the youth, mostly from Central America, have illegally crossed into the USA in the fiscal year that began in October — nearly four times the number two years ago.
It was the first face-to-face meeting between Obama and Perry, who has blasted the federal government for not doing enough to stem the flow of migrants, since the crisis erupted this summer.
Obama said afterward that Perry expressed concerns about the number of agents at the border, whether they are positioned to deter people entering rather than take them into custody, and how long it takes to process those who are apprehended and send home those who have no legal right to be in the United States.
Obama said, “There’s nothing that the governor indicated he’d like to see that I have a philosophical objection to.”
In a statement issued after their meeting, Perry said, “Five hundred miles south of here in the Rio Grande Valley, there is a humanitarian crisis unfolding that has been created by bad public policy, in particular the failure to secure the border. Securing the border is attainable, and the president needs to commit the resources necessary to get this done.”
Gov. Perry was On Hannity, Wednesday night to talk about the meeting, and how he thinks we can secure the border. And he pulled no punches on Obama, comparing the president’s false bravado about the border being secure over the years, to his “al Qaeda is on the run” BS in 2012.
Perry says he told Obama he has the ability to stop the humanitarian crisis on the border by putting the National guard there. “Not a more powerful message can be sent to Central America than that.” He said, “we’re not interested in apprehension – we’re interested in prevention.”
Perry said Obama should come to the border to see the crisis for himself.
Perry told Hannity that he told Obama, “This is important for you to absorb as a father, but more importantly as the president of the United States, to see the humanitarian crisis.”
According to Perry, Obama thinks taking a trip along the border would be a political photo-op.
“It’s not,” Perry said. “It’s about real people, and real issues, a humanitarian crisis that he has the ability to stop.”
The Texas governor said he’s not interested in apprehension, he’s interested in prevention. He said that only 2 percent of the $3.7 billion supplemental that Obama has requested would go to border security.
The supplemental isn’t about securing the border,” he said. “The supplemental is about something else. You’ll have to get the president to tell you what he wants those dollars for.”
Perry said the president can unilaterally direct the DoD to use title 32 – which is how the federal government would pay for it – to put the National Guard on the border and secure it, but – “he keeps going back to the Republicans won’t work with me and they have to fund this 3.7 billion dollar bill, and I said Mr. President – you can deal with this – you can unilaterally direct the Dept. of Defense to put those troops on the border to do that work, and he keeps talking about a philosophical issue he may or may not have with that. And we’re past that.”
“This isn’t a Democrat issue or a Republican issue, this is an American issue,” he said, stressing that there must be a bipartisan solution.
The president has repeatedly said through the years that the border is secure and made jokes about those who disagreed.
“That’s the same president that said al Qaeda’s on the run, and I don’t know whether he’s inept, or there’s something else going on, as I’ve said before. But the fact is the border is not secure. We have a humanitarian crisis on our hands now because the border’s not secure, and the president needs to understand that the single most important thing that he can do is put the National Guard on the border to coordinate with local law enforcement, with our state law enforcement, with the border patrol, and you can secure the border.”
Everything to the hyper-partisan ideologue Obama is about politics – the strategy, tactics, messaging, optics, etc. He’s not as interested in solving a humanitarian problem he caused, as he is in parlaying it into a way to pressure congress into giving him more money to spend as he pleases, and attacking the mean spirited, stingy Republicans if they don’t give him everything he wants.
Obama has telegraphed to his toadies in the media what the narrative is to be – they are already prepping the battlefield to attack the GOP on the border crisis.
Governor Rick Perry is providing the GOP with some powerful ammo to hit them back with. If they’ll only listen.