Perry Blasts Obama Administration: 'They Either Are Inept or Don't Care'

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2014 | 6:05 AM EDT

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (AP photo)

( - Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he's been urging the Obama administration "for over two years" to address the growing influx of unaccompanied minors coming into this country on foot from Central America.

"When I have written a letter that is dated May of 2012 and I have yet to have a response from this administration, I will tell you they either are inept or don't care," Perry told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

Perry said in May 2012, he sent a letter to President Obama, which "laid out what was happening with the unaccompanied minors that were showing up at the border. And we told him, we said, if you do not address this, here is what's going to happen. And we're seeing that become reality today.

"This is a failure of diplomacy, it is a failure of leadership from the administration in Washington, D.C."

Even before 2012 -- in 2010 -- Perry says he asked Obama to put a thousand National Guard troops along the border to secure it, until another 3,000 Border Patrol agents could be trained to do the job.

"What has to be addressed is the security of the border," Perry said. "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, and that's the reason there's been this lack of effort, this lack of focus, this lack of resources --"

ABC's Martha Raddatz reminded Perry that the Obama administration is "telling people not to come."

"About five years too late would be my response to that," Perry said. "The president has sent powerful messages time after time by his policies, by nuances, that it is OK to come to the United States and you can come across and you'll be accepted in open arms. That is the real issue."

Asked if he believes the influx is part of an Obama administration "conspiracy," Perry repeated that he has been warning the administration about the border problems since 2012. "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."

Perry said he's now asking the Federal Aviation Administration to deploy drones along the border to boost security:

"Unless we secure our southern border, this is going to continue to be a massive amount of individuals that are coming to the United States. And frankly, we don't have a place to house them as it is, and if we have a major event, a hurricane that comes in to the Gulf Coast, I don't have a place to be housing people who are displaced because this administration is housing them."