Governor Perry told the House Homeland Security Committee meeting in McAllen today that the humane response to the flood of Central American immigrants streaming into the United States would be to send the migrants, children and adults, back to their home country as soon as possible.
"Those who come must be sent back, to demonstrate in no uncertain terms that risking their lives in the way they are coming, on top of those trains, it isn't worth that," Perry told the committee.
Perry also called for the federal government to reimburse that state for the costs of the border surge, which is funneling $1.3 million a week to the DPS for border security operations.
"Second, if the U.S. Border Patrol is going to release these illegal immigrants into our communities, every one of them has to be screened for diseases to protect their health, and the health of the community," Perry said.
Committee Chairman U.S. Rep Michael McCaul (R-Tx) didn't mince words about who he thinks is responsible for the illegal immigration flood, which he says will continue into next year, with more than 100,000 more illegal immigrants expected.
"In recent internal DHS surveys of these children, more than 70% believe they are going to remain here in the United States," McCaul said.
The Obama Administration blames crime and poverty in Central America, but McCaul says that crime and poverty has always been there. What is new is the White House's movements toward immigration reform and amnesty for illegals.
"What is new, is a series of executive actions by the administration to grant immigration benefits to chidden outside the enforcement of the law," McCaul said. "A relaxed enforcement posture, along with talk of comprehensive immigration reform."
McCaul said the 'unilateral actions' that the President vowed earlier this week that he would take in response to a failure of House Republicans to approve immigration reform will only make the problem worse.