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Rick Perry: Obama administration 'either are inept or don't care' about border crisis

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Texas governor Rick Perry amplified his criticism of the Obama administration's handling of the ongoing immigration crisis in south Texas on Sunday morning, saying that administration officials "either are inept or don't care."

Perry explained that he'd warned the Obama administration two years ago about the increase in unaccompanied minors arriving at the Texas border. The situation unfolding now is a "failure of diplomacy, it is a failure of leadership from the administration in Washington, D.C.," he said.

Perry referenced his 2010 request for National Guard troops to protect the border and allow the Border Patrol to train more agents. He claimed that there are only seven Border Patrol agents a mile in Texas, as opposed to 15 in California.

The 2008 Republican presidential candidate also placed blame on Obama for encouraging immigrants to come to the country without authorization. "The president has sent powerful messages time after time by his policies, by nuances, that it is O.K. to come to the United States, and you can come across and you'll be accepted with open arms," said Perry.

Perry also defended the comments he made in June suggesting that the Obama administration might be involved in conspiring to facilitate immigration from Central American countries.

Noting his previous efforts to warn the administration of the growing problem with illegal immigration by families and unaccompanied minors from Central America, Perry explained that "I have to believe that when you do not respond in any way, that you are either inept or you have some ulterior motive."

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