- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 4, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says that if politicians in Washington won’t work to secure the southern U.S.-Mexico border, then Texas will.

Mr. Perry said on Wednesday’s “The Kelly File” on Fox News that the American people do not trust Washington to come up with a fix to immigration without securing the border first.

He said when President Obama declined his invitation to visit the border over the summer, “that’s when we sent the national guard.”

“If Washington will not do the job of securing the border for this country, Texas will step in and do the job that the federal government’s failing at,” he said.

Led by Texas, 17 states and governors sued the Department of Homeland Security Wednesday over Mr. Obama’s recently announced executive actions granting tentative legal status to millions of illegal immigrants in the country.

Mr. Perry, who is considering another presidential bid in 2016, said the way Mr. Obama has handled the issue mirrors how he’s approached others, such as health care.

“Well, I think this falls in line with the way this president operates: If you liked your doctor, you [could] keep your doctor,” he said. “If Obamacare goes into place, you’ll see the cost of medical go down, and this president does not mind telling whatever he needs to say at the moment to further his political agenda, and that’s what this is — it’s a straight-up political agenda.”

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