Perry endorses boycott amid Texas border surge

 

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Wednesday endorsed cutting off foreign aid to Mexico and other Central American countries until they help stanch the flood of children crossing the border illegally. 

"I would suggest the diplomatic reach with foreign aid to the leaders of those countries," Perry said on "Fox and Friends." "And basically say, 'you will engage in stopping this traffic coming up through your country, and if you don't, this foreign aid is going to stop.' That is a boycott I could support."

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Perry said the most important thing is to have the humanitarian crisis stymied and to secure the border. 

A number of House Republicans, led by Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas), on Tuesday introduced a proposal to do just that, titled the Illegal Entry Accountability Act

More than 52,000 unaccompanied minors — mostly from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras — have been detained on the U.S. border after entering through Mexico, mainly through the Rio Grande Valley into Texas.

President Obama has announced a series of step to help combat the influx. The administration has also taken a different tack with Central American countries, announcing a series of programs aimed to help them improve security and cut down on crime there, one factor contributing to the influx. 

It also announced $9.6 million in aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to help repatriate immigrants removed from the United States.

Perry and others have blamed the administration's rhetoric and policies for creating the misperception that child immigrants will be allowed to stay in the country once they arrive. 

Perry said he has not received a phone call from Obama about the issue. The president is scheduled to be in Dallas and Austin next week for a fundraiser, Perry said. The governor urged Obama to visit the border. 

"He is coming next week," Perry said. "He is coming for a fundraiser. If he doesn't go to the border, I think it is a real reflection of his lack of concern for what's really going on there." 

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