DERRY, N.H. – As the duo wound down their day of campaigning in New Hampshire Tuesday evening, Texas Governor Rick Perry and his newest supporter, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, phoned into supporters in Iowa, touting the governor’s latest endorsement and stressing the need for Washington to fulfill its duty to secure the border with Mexico.
“The sheriff agrees with me that Washington’s broken. The border’s a good example of how broken Washington, D.C. is and failed to get the job done,” Perry said during the evening conference call. “I’m not going to get my eye off the ball and that ball is to secure the border.”
The campaign said “thousands” of Iowans participated in the approximately 45-minute conference call.
Perry repeated many of the same messages he relayed during his day campaigning in New Hampshire. He argued for the detention and deportation of any illegal aliens apprehended by law enforcement officials, stressed the need for strategic fencing in metropolitan areas along the border and voiced a strong position against offering any form of amnesty to illegal immigrants currently residing in the country, even citing the DREAM Act as a “form of amnesty.”
“I don’t think the American people are ever going to agree to amnesty in any form or fashion,” Perry said on the conference call. “The country’s going to have a conversation about how to deal with immigration reform but that is not going to happen until we secure the border. I certainly understand the media’s interest if you will in ‘Tell us what your plan will be to deal with these 11 or 12 million people that are already here’ and I can assure that we’re wise enough people to figure out how to deal with them but it won’t be amnesty.”
Arpaio’s endorsement of Perry came at an early morning event in Amherst, N.H., and the Maricopa County sheriff accompanied Perry at two town halls in the afternoon. The campaign said Arpaio might join the governor in Iowa pending the sheriff’s schedule.