Gov. Perry Still Supporting Obama Administration Immigration Conspiracy Theory

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry was all about cooperation at a congressional hearing concerning the recent influx of unaccompanied minors over the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday, but in a recent interview with ABC News, he placed blame on the Obama administration, saying, “I don’t believe [President Barack Obama] particularly cares whether or not the border of the United States is secure.”

This was a reiteration of a conspiracy theory he shared with Fox News last month, when he said that to have so many people crossing the border without the federal government stopping it, “you either have an incredibly inept administration, or they’re in on this somehow.”

The increase in immigration of unaccompanied minors, which Perry and others agree is a humanitarian crisis, is large. In 2008, 8,143 minors were deported or turned away from the United States, but last year, it was only 1,669, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement data. CNN reports that authorities estimate 60,000 to 80,000 unaccompanied minors will cross the border this year. At Thursday’s hearing, Perry said that “the border between the U.S. and Mexico is less secure today than at any time in the recent past.” He noted that “drug cartels and transnational gangs are already seeking to take advantage of the situation.”

Perry stood by his theory about the Obama administration’s involvement on Sunday in an interview on This Week, saying, “I have to believe that when you do not respond in any way, that you are either inept, or you have some ulterior motive of which you are functioning from.”