by Joshua Pinho
Rick Perry recently released a video to respond to Donald Trump’s recent tweet about Perry’s record on immigration. Trump tweeted:
Rick Perry failed at the border. Now he is critical of me. He needs a new pair of glasses to see the crimes committed by illegal immigrants.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2015
In the video, Perry touted his record in Texas with dealing with immigration. Perry also took the opportunity to strongly criticize Trump for his comments about Mexican immigrants. Perry’s full video can be seen below:
Hey, Donald! I saw your tweet the other day, but I think you might need to borrow my glasses to get a good look at the steps I took to secure the border when I was the Governor of Texas. I can’t support what you said, but no one understands the concerns Americans have about our borders better than I do. You see, as Governor for 14 years of the state with the longest border with Mexico, I know that there can be no national security without border security.
I also know that while border security might be Washington’s responsibility, it’s Texas’ problem. That’s why under my leadership Texas dedicated nearly a billion dollars to border security, including surge operations and the creation of Texas Ranger recon teams. That’s also why last summer, when it became clear that President Obama would rather go to fundraisers in Dallas than see the unprecedented crises his amnesty policies were creating, I told him this: Mr. President, if Washington won’t secure the border, then Texas will.
You might have forgotten, Donald, that I deployed the state national guard to supplement our state law enforcement surge operations, which worked to combat illicit activities in the border region like drug, weapons, and human trafficking. And I’m guessing you might not know that that deployment resulted in a 74 percent decrease in apprehensions. Those are real results, not just rhetoric.
I know securing the border is going to take more than just building a wall. It’s going to take more personnel on the ground, aviation assets, strategic response teams, and yes, strategic fencing in the metropolitan areas. And securing the border will be one of the first actions I’ll take if I’m elected President of the United States.
I also know that your comments about Mexicans are offensive, and they don’t reflect the values of the Republican Party. Mexican Americans have been part of the fabric of Texas since the very beginning. They have fought on behalf of our state and our country from the Alamo to Afghanistan. Donald, you might want to take a trip down to Texas sometime to meet some of the Mexican Americans that have helped make our nation great and to learn a little bit about what we need to do to secure our border with Mexico. Otherwise, your remarks might make for good reality TV, but they’re way out of touch with reality. There will always be bad actors, Don, and that’s why we need to secure the border against those who seek to do our country and our citizens harm.
Joshua Pinho works for American Principles in Action.