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Rick Perry: Border Wall Nothing More Than Rhetoric

Rick Perry: Border Wall Nothing More Than Rhetoric

“Washington is completely corrupt when it comes to this issue.”

Joining Lou Dobbs earlier this week, Former Texas Governor Rick Perry was asked to explain his stance on illegal immigration and border security.

“I think we need to flesh everyone out from the stand point of of just the rhetoric. When somebody says, “let’s build a wall,” then I think it’s appropriate to say, it’s good to have this conversation, it’s good that we are having this conversation that now for thirty years, this border has not been secured. We’ve known it’s been a problem,” said Perry.

Dobbs interjected that he doesn’t believe a single candidate talking about immigration issues because, “we’ve heard it all before.”

“Good for you!” responded Perry.

“The fact is, until the media really digs in on this issue and says explains to me exactly what you’re talking about when it comes to securing the border, because everything goes back to that. Whether it’s this issue about these people on welfare, whether it’s the cost to states when it comes to the schools… You know all of the cost of this border that’s not secure has been mounting up and costing billions and billions of dollars. So the issue all goes back to securing the border. If you secure the border, this whole conversation about the 14th amendment, those go away.”

We know how to secure the border, Lou. The issue is, we have not had the will in the White House to do that and we haven’t had the will in Congress. Washington is completely corrupt when it comes to this issue.”

Dobbs asked Perry what he would do to secure the border.

“Let’s talk about reality. It’s 1,933 miles from Tijuana right there by San Diego all the way to El Paso, and El Paso to Brownsville. So you must understand really understand the size and the scope of this to really get your hands around it.

Then you must believe that man power and boots on the ground are the real key issue here. Whether you build a that’s 20 feet high and 1,933 miles long, and you ask the question how long’s that going to take to build and what’s that going to cost, but there’s a better way, I will suggest to you and it’s having the personnel in the right places, the boots on the ground in the right places. It is the strategic fencing and the type of wall, if that’s what you want to call it, in the metropolitans and the aviation assets, Lou. If you don’t have the aviation assets looking down 24/7, making the analysis of what’s going on along that border, both side, identifying where the problems are and quick response teams to interdict, that’s when you secure the border.

Perry and Dobbs also discussed a key component missing from the border security discussion — our relationship with Mexico. Holding Mexico responsible, assessing the foreign aid they receive, and considering our trade partnerships are all crucial parts of any strategy to secure the border.

Perry explained working with Mexico to secure their Southern border should be part of a comprehensive strategy as well.

“I will suggest to you that we can also be of assistance on the Southern border with Mexico because that’s where a lot of these challenges come from. Last summer, it was Central American kids that were coming up here, showing up here. It wasn’t Mexican citizens.”

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Not A Member of Any Organized Political | September 5, 2015 at 6:58 pm

That would be 1% polling (primary spoiler) Perry….
What does he know? Just because the overwhelming majority of Texans want it………

It doesn’t do a darned bit of good to have a wall if anybody who steps one foot inside US territory is free to remain here, along with all of the children they produce while living here illegally.

Send them home.

    CloseTheFed in reply to georgfelis. | September 5, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Not true. A 7-months pregnant Mexican will have a hard time scaling a wall.

      Estragon in reply to CloseTheFed. | September 5, 2015 at 11:32 pm


        Uncle Samuel in reply to Estragon. | September 6, 2015 at 9:06 am

        Packs of Jack Russell terriers would take care of the tunnel problem tout suite.

        That plus swift and severe punishment as deterrents.

        A wall and securing the border are great potential sources of jobs for American citizens who need them.

      Ragspierre in reply to CloseTheFed. | September 6, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Not if she has a tourist visa, which is how the Chinese do it.

      The rut of the problem (as Ann Richards would say) is the whole “birthright citizen” stupidity.

      Beyond that, removing the gradient that brings the vast bulk of people here from everywhere illegally is the right way to go. Make living here impossible (or impracticable), and people not only won’t come here, they’ll leave! (There will always be smugglers and criminals, but that is NOT the real threat to the U.S.)

      You don’t need a big dam if you don’t have a raging torrent to tame.

Why would Mexico work with us to secure the border? How would it benefit them at all? Right now, they have a huge disincentive to build a wall, since the lack of a wall allows them to export their poor and other undesirables ~

    Uncle Samuel in reply to nordic_prince. | September 6, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Plenty of pressure could be put on Mexico by withholding aid, taxing money transfers, and other nifty means.

    All that is needed is the will to deter and punish those who harm us by sending criminals and terrorists into this country or attack US citizens abroad or even those that abuse the human rights of their own citizens.

    Read it again. He doesn’t except Mexican cooperation in securing our southern border, he expects it in securing theirs. If people can’t get into Mexico, then they can’t get to our border.

Well, at least when all is said and done, Rick got a nice, shiny new pair of glasses out of all of this.

There is nothing about a physical wall that will help, when we have a welfare incentive for illegal immigrants. In California, for example, illegal immigrants are entitled to health care, welfare,

schooling for their children, and driver’s licenses, the application for which allows voter registration.

If we build a physical wall, they will use more boats and tunnels.

We need to stop paying people to immigrate illegally.

As a matter of policy, I would insist on having all the kids, wherever they are found, go to school. Let resolution of the parents’ status be a separate issue.

    CloseTheFed in reply to Valerie. | September 5, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Neither you, NOR ANYONE ELSE, has a right to steal from me to pay for illegal aliens to attend American schools. I have zero obligation for this garbage.

    franker in reply to Valerie. | September 5, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    I would suggest that they go to school, also. In Mexico or wherever they came from. Same for Health Care. Man, we have come a long way from when we had a sane (illegal) immigration policy.

    Isn’t it silly to take the position that a wall will not help at all?

    Estragon in reply to Valerie. | September 5, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    A wall sounds good to stupid people. There are lots of stupid people. But any wall or fence that must be constantly patrolled to prevent breaches is only marginally more effective than the patrols by themselves. There are places where it can and is very effective – San Diego is a good example – but the idea that a wall across the long stretches of uninhabited range solves the problem is just more monkey food for the simpleminded.

    And of course they never talk about cost. The average cost of a mile of interstate highway is nearly $50 million now. We’re talking a trillion bucks for what the morons demand – without the bells and whistles they imagine on it.

      Uncle Samuel in reply to Estragon. | September 6, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Wall/securing border = JOBS, legitimate, worthwhile, constant, noble jobs = NATIONAL SECURITY.

      Midwest Rhino in reply to Estragon. | September 6, 2015 at 11:07 am

      For calling so many people stupid, you sure say a lot of things that make little sense.

      The quality of the fence/wall will depend on the area and need, but it can’t be just a broken down barbed wire fence. Israel’s overruns put theirs at $2 million per mile. Why not use that instead of your $50 million? That’s more than just a fence, Israel’s is 160′ wide. In time they quit trying … good fence = low manpower. Much more than your “marginally more effective”.

      The real cost is in fighting the open borders commies, but we must resist those internal enemies of the state. A strong president would “gitter done”, RINOs already surrender.

      Estragon said “… any wall or fence that must be constantly patrolled to prevent breaches is only marginally more effective than the patrols by themselves.”

      “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has touted the efficacy of the security fence, saying in July, “The fence has completely stopped illegal migration to Israel, but it also has an additional function, namely counterterrorism.”

      So does Estragon put Netanyahu in the stupid category, or the moron category?

      “A wall sounds good to stupid people.”

      Pot. Kettle.

Perry Wins! Will Remain Ex-Governor of Texas in Squeaker

Early returns allow us to predict that despite an energetic effort to champion the rights of illegals to subsidized in-state tuition and label opponents as “heartless”, Rick Perry will remain ex-Governor of the State. Perry, who led the fight against Donald Trump, repeatedly engaged in suicidal attacks on Trump for being a Big Old Meanie toward illegals and not even wanting to reward their kids for the parents breaking the law.

“There is only one candidate in the race who has direct experience watching ineffectively as Governor while illegal aliens poured over our borders”, declared Perry. “And I intend to share that experience with all America by insisting we can’t build a wall.”

Several remaining volunteer staff celebrated Perry’s victory by splitting a medium pizza with cheese topping and large diet root beer.

So how was the pizza?

The more I investigate Perry, the less I like him.

The Pajama Boy black plastic frames didn’t help his credibility one smidgen.

This link lists several less developed nations that have managed to build effective walls that are not just rhetoric. It includes a brief description, and pictures for those that don’t want just rhetoric and words.

We need an all of the above approach, and the political will to go against the left AND the donor class. But when hordes of invaders are coming, a barrier is an essential element.

    Did you even read your own link? It includes the Berlin Wall, the border between North & South Korea, and the border between North Korea & China.

      Midwest Rhino in reply to Amy in FL. | September 6, 2015 at 6:08 pm

      Are you saying those fences don’t work?

      My link gives many fences/barriers that DO work, and that nation’s found cost effective. Considering the real cost for each illegal, complete control is necessary and cost effective even at $2M/mile. But it would probably be less on average.

        Those fences were put up by brutal, repressive communist regimes to keep people in, not out, and they’re backed up by 24/7 full-time military forces along them with orders to shoot on sight.

        Do you really picture America having a 2,000 mile militarized zone along her southern border, North Korea style?

          When you are being invaded, stop the invasion.

          Walls work quite well. Your ignorant commentary about NK is pointless and only intended to make people fell guilty about stopping the invasion.

          Explain the Israeli wall please.

Why is anyone still talking about Rick Perry? If he hasn’t dropped out of the race, he should.

“Rick Perry: Border Wall Nothing More Than Rhetoric”

Wow, the Trump Effect has smoked out yet another “Can’t Do” GOPe spineless squish!

BTW, the GOPe strategy is becoming pretty obvious: practically none of the 16 dwarfs have a snowball’s chance in hell of being nominated based on their own merits, so their sole job assignment from the GOPe is to Get Trump! as long as the kommie media continues to give them a national platform for spouting anti-Trumpisms.

Perry, you’re all wrong. And, incomprehensible.
Perry: “If you don’t have the aviation assets looking down 24/7, making the analysis of what’s goinguon along that border, both side, identifying where the problems are and quick response teams to interdict, that’s when you secure the border.“

So, to secure the border you can’t have aviation assets flying overhead? Seems counter to my way of thinking.

Also, even if you secure the border, it does NOT do away with the issue surrounding the 14th Amendment. Until it is resolved that it does not cover anyone and everyone, but only persons born to usa citizens, then securing southern border won’t do anything. Especially to baby mills that are either flown or shipped in. Even to those we allow in but slip through the cracks.

Trump is the only one to stand up for America so far.