The presidential campaign of former Texas Governor Rick Perry was dealt another blow last night when news broke that Sam Clovis, who served as Perry’s Iowa state chairperson, said he was leaving. The Associated Press broke the story, quoting Clovis as saying the campaign was in transition and it was unclear if he would get paid in the future, but he did call former Governor Perry a “remarkable” man.
Iowa is a hugely important state to Perry, and immigration is a big issue he’s trying to stake out.
It was Governor Perry who kicked off a multimillion-dollar deployment of national guard members and Department of Public Safety troopers to the border last year, in attempt to stop a flow of illegal immigration, and unaccompanied children, who were pouring into the U.S. from Central America.
Now, a year later, those numbers are way down. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol says the number of apprehensions of unaccompanied immigrant children and undocumented immigrants are down by about 50 percent since last year.
Perry is claiming credit for it, but, according to our guest, the real credit might be due further south.
United States Congressman Henry Cuellar, a Democrat representing the 28th district of Texas, joins the Standard.