No one in this country has tried to exploit the immigration crisis at our border more than Texas Governor Rick Perry. It seems a week doesn’t go by where he hasn’t traveled to the border for a new photo-op with a mounted machine gun near by.
You know, because this picture of him and Sean Hannity looks really natural:
And so does this one:
Well recently he tried to ratchet up the fear mongering by claiming that in the last six years, 3,000 homicides have been committed by illegal immigrants in Texas.
During an interview with Glenn Beck, Perry said, “The number of illegal activities up to and including homicides–I think over 3,000 homicides by illegal aliens over the course of the last six years; that’s unacceptable and that’s the reason that we have to secure that border.”
Fact checking site Politifact rated this statement an abysmal “Pants on Fire,” which is their ranking for statements exhibiting complete dishonesty, lacking any factual basis whatsoever.
Their investigation concluded that:
This claim is unsupported by the presentation he relied on, which indicates that since 2008 in Texas, more than 200,000 arrested immigrants — foreign nationals living here with or without legal permission — had among them accumulated 3,070 homicide charges (not convictions) in their lives. Put another way, for this declaration to hold water, one would have to assume illegal immigrants committed nearly half of the state’s homicides since 2008; we found no such data.
Think about that for a moment. Rick Perry likes to pretend to be an “expert” on illegal immigration, yet he knows so little about it that he falsely claimed that illegal immigrants accounted for nearly half of all homicides in Texas. Something that even common sense would tell a logical person couldn’t possibly be true.
This statement matters considering this false information is what he used during the interview as “the reason” why border security is so important. Except, “the reason” was 100% inaccurate. Meaning that a large premise for his stance on border security has been based on completely inaccurate information.
So it appears not only does Rick Perry seemingly have no idea what the homicide rate is in his own state, but he clearly doesn’t know anything about how many of those homicides were committed by illegal immigrants. But that didn’t stop him from perpetuating his myth that illegal immigrants are responsible for 3,000 homicides over the last 6 years.
Then again, when do facts ever get in the way of right-wing rhetoric?