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Rick Perry: Obama ‘Doesn’t Particularly Care’ Whether Border is Secure

Texas Governor Rick Perry appeared on This Week with George Stephanopoulos and told cohost Martha Raddatz that he didn’t believe President Barack Obama cared about his constitutional duty to secure the border, despite repeated questions from Raddatz about a 2008 law requiring immigrants from non-contiguous nations be allowed in the country.

“The rule of law requires the Constitution of the United States to secure the border, and we haven’t done that,” Perry alleged.

Raddatz pressed him on a Bush administration law requiring children from non-contiguous be handed over to the Department of Health and Human Services for placement; the Obama administration wants to change it to allow for speedy deportations instead.

“Isn’t this a backlog in the courts?” She asked him. “Doesn’t that have to be addressed first?”

“What has to be addressed is the security of the United States,” Perry replied. “You know that, I know that, the President of the United States knows that. I don’t believe he particularly cares whether or not the border of the United States is secure. That’s the reason there’s been this lack of effort, this focus, this lack of resources.”

Watch the clip below, via ABC News:

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