Chad’s Morning Brief: Rick Perry Responds to Donald Trump and HUD Looks to Diversify Neighborhoods
Here's what is coming up on The Chad Hasty Show today.
Perry Responds to Trump
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry wasn't happy about Donald Trumps comments about illegal immigrants and made that known last week. Trump responded via Twitter that Rick Perry had done nothing to fix the border over the weekend. Yesterday Perry responded with a video according to Business Insider.
Perry released a video on Wednesday responding to a tweet Trump posted last weekend. In his message, Trump blasted Perry's record on border security and included a joke about the ex-governor's glasses.
The video response from Perry begins with a shot of Trump's tweet set to a soundtrack of chirping birds.
"Hey Donald, I saw your tweet the other day, but I think you might need to borrow my glasses to get a good look at the steps I took to secure the border while I was governor of Texas," Perry declares in the clip.
Perry goes on to claim, "Under my leadership, Texas dedicated nearly a billion dollars to border security efforts."
Trump has made combating illegal immigration a focus of his presidential bid and controversial comments he made about immigrants from Mexico in his announcement speech last month have made headlines. In those remarks, Trump said some undocumented immigrants from Mexico are criminals, drug runners, and rapists. He has also suggested the government of Mexico is deliberately sending "bad ones" to the US.
Along with defending his record, Perry also criticized Trump's comments in his video.
"Your comments about Mexicans are offensive and they don't reflect the values of the Republican Party," Perry says in the clip, adding, "Donald, you might want to take a trip down to Texas some time to meet some of the Hispanic-Americans who've helped make our nation great and to learn a little bit about what we need to do to secure our border."
Shortly after the video surfaced a Trump adviser responded by again trashing Perry's record.
In response to Perry's video, an adviser for the Trump campaign told Business Insider that Perry bears direct responsibility for illegal immigration from Mexico.
"Out of all the candidates in the race, Rick Perry is the only one who could have secured the southern border. Whatever he claims he did, it failed," the Trump adviser said. "We know a vast majority of illegal immigrants are crossing through Texas. Perry also said that you do not 'have a heart' if you do not want your tax dollars supporting illegal immigrants. The unsecured border harms our economy, safety and national security. Perry was the governor of Texas for over 14 years. He ignored the problem for far too long."
It is not clear what data his team is using to support the claim that a majority of illegal immigrants enter the US from Texas. There are not statistics to back up some of the claims Trump has made about illegal immigration from Mexico. According to the Migration Policy Institute, Texas is the second-most-popular destination for Mexican immigrants behind California.
This probably is not the fight that Rick Perry wanted to have but it has thrown him into the spotlight nationally. One has to wonder what will happen between Trump and Perry if they both end up on the debate stage.
The Obama administration announced new rules yesterday for cities and affordable housing. According to FOX News, HUD wants to make sure your neighborhood has just enough diversity.
The Obama administration announced new rules on Wednesday that are meant to racially integrate America's neighborhoods but some conservatives claim are an attempt by Washington to play a heavy-handed role in creating “utopias.”
The new HUD housing rule comes on the heels of a landmark Supreme Court decision that reaffirmed the federal agency’s power to ban housing policies that hurt minorities.
The Fair Housing Act, which originally was passed in 1968 and barred racial discrimination, demanded the government end segregation.
The new rule takes this a step further and requires cities across the country to scrutinize their housing patterns for racial bias and report the results every three to five years. Communities would also have to set and track goals to further reduce segregation.
“Unfortunately, too many Americans find their dreams limited by where they come from, and a ZIP code should never determine a child’s future,” Julian Castro, the secretary of the department of Housing and Urban Development, said Wednesday in a written statement. “This important step will give local leaders the tools they need to provide all Americans with access to safe, affordable housing in communities that are rich with opportunity.”
But others say the rule is nothing short of a government power grab.
“This overreaching new regulation is an attempt to extort communities into giving up control of local zoning decisions and reengineer the makeup of our neighborhoods,” Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., told FoxNews.com in a written statement on Wednesday.
“Just as the president has used the DOJ, IRS and DHS as a political weapon, he has now expanded his arsenal to include HUD as a way of punishing neighborhoods that don’t fall in line with his liberal agenda," he added.
In June, Gosar said the HUD rule attempts to tell Americans “how we can live, where we go to school, how we will vote” and “what this utopian type of neighborhood should look like.”
Gosar believes the proposal will have far-reaching consequences that only boosts the federal government’s power over where homes can be built and who can live in them. He adds that if cheaper homes start to crop up on the outskirts of wealthier properties, it could potentially depress property values.
Gosar sponsored an amendment to the House HUD spending bill – which passed -- that would block any future funding for the new rules.
“This rule is not about racial integration; racial segregation in housing is illegal and has been for decades,” Heritage Foundation fellow Hans von Spakovsky told FoxNews.com. “Americans have the ability to live anywhere they want. This is about left-wing, progressive social urban planners who have taken control through the Obama administration who hate suburbs and don’t like Americans using cars or owning single family homes in neighborhoods that are not high-density.”
Government overreach? You bet. We don't need the federal government coming into our neighborhoods and forcing cities to redo zoning regulations. If this happens, people will just move further out.
Let's be honest. Some people don't want to live next to apartment complexes. Even more people don't want to live next to Section 8 Housing. People want to escape that, not live next door.
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