CNN anchor clashes with Perry over border crime statistics

CNN anchor Candy Crowley called out Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) Sunday for claiming that illegal immigrants crossing the Rio Grande have committed thousands of homicides.

Perry said his constituents in Texas are concerned about “the 90 percent-plus of individuals who don’t get talked about enough that are coming into the United States illegally and committing substantial crimes.”

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He said that the 203,000 illegal immigrants who have come into Texas since 2008 and booked into Texas county jails have been responsible for more than 3,000 homicides and almost 8,000 sexual assaults.

Crowley, the host of CNN's "State of the Union," called Perry’s claim “wildly off.”

“Governor, I have to point out that a number of fact-checkers have said that that 3,000-homicide figure is wildly off,” she said.

Crowley then asked Perry about the estimated $12 million to $13 million-per-month cost of deploying the National Guard to the border.

Perry, however, returned to the issue of crime and insisted his statistics were correct.

“I do stand by them, by the way, but what are the number of homicides that are acceptable to those individuals? How many sexual assaults do we have to have before the president of the United States and Washington, D.C., acts to keep our citizens safe?” he said.