Texas Gov. Rick Perry said that the federal government has taken up every bit of spare available space in his state to house the tens of thousands of illegal children flooding over the U.S. border, leaving him with no rooms for Texans who might be left homeless in a natural disaster like a hurricane.
“Were we to have a major event, I literally would not have places to house our citizens because of this influx from Mexico,” he warned at a media luncheon hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
“I am greatly concerned about the huge catastrophe that could occur with those two events happening simultaneously,” he said of the potential for a hurricane hitting as the federal government continues to embrace illegal youths instead of sending them home.
Federal authorities are housing the youths in hotels and even military bases while they search for relatives to turn them over to.
After Hurricane Katrina, he said, many homeless Texans needed housing, but now there isn't anything left as the next hurricane season begins.
Perry, considering another run for the presidency, said that he told the White House two years ago about the problem with young illegals crossing over the border but was ignored.
But now that it is a crisis, he said, they are playing catch-up. “They don’t address something unless it becomes an absolute catastrophe,” said Perry.
What’s more, he blamed the administration for ignoring Central and South America over six years, a complaint heard by many diplomats from those countries.
Perry added that immigration reform cannot be addressed until the border is secured. But he said of President Obama, “this government is not committed to securing the border.” And as a result, Perry added, “immigration reform is down the list of things to do.”
Perry also slapped Obama’s effort to curb global warming by cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. He said the science of climate change is still evolving, and added that the policy is a jobs killer.
What's more, he said that the administration should pay attention to bigger issues, especially national security and threats from countries like Iran. “Short term,” he said, “I'm substantially more concerned about Iran changing the temperature of New York than I am some 50 years down the road that could be plagued by the environmental choices that are being made by in United States.”
He confirmed that he is still looking at running for president again and promised that if he does, he will be more “prepared” than he was in his 2012 fumbled effort.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.