‘This Week’ Transcript: Gov. Rick Perry

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July 5, 2015, 9:46 AM



ANNOUNCER: Starting right now on ABC THIS WEEK: America on alert. Heightened security nationwide. Did we dodge a bullet on the fourth? Why authorities say we are not out of the woods yet.

System breakdown: a random murder in San Francisco. The feds and local officials now pointing fingers. Why would the suspect, a convicted felon deported five times still on the streets?

Breaking from the pack: massive crowd turning out for Bernie Sanders. Donald Trump under fire, but moving up in the polls. This morning, Rick Perry here live. Is he about to make a move?

RICK PERRY, FRM. GOVERNOR OF TEXAS: America is longing for leadership.

ANNOUNCER: And, World Cup fever.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The USA is going to the finals.

ANNOUNCER: The final match just hours away. Will the U.S. bring it home?

From ABC News, THIS WEEK with George Stephanopoulos begins now.


GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, HOST: Good morning. We hope you had a great Fourth of July. Thank goodness it passed without the kind of incident that had officials so worried. Cities and towns across the country on high alert for a possible terror strike on Independence Day.

Here in New York, 7,000 police officers deployed to protect the fireworks. ABC senior justice correspondent Pierre Thomas has been tracking the threats. And Pierre, so far so good.

PIERRE THOMAS, ABC NEWS CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, George. That's right. Law enforcement is breathing a sigh of relief that we made it through Independence Day with no terror attack on U.S. soil.

The concern I can tell you was real. Authorities had high security throughout the country specifically concerned about ISIS and the threat of lone wolves. But unfortunately the concern did not end with the fireworks last night. The unprecedented social media campaign by ISIS, which is happening now as we speak, is urging its followers to carry out attacks including here in the U.S.

We're also at the one year anniversary of the formation of the so-called Islamic State. And a senior ISIS leader recently made a threat that authorities are paying attention to.

Right now, we're in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which does not end until July 17. The senior leader called on followers to make Ramadan, quote, a month of disasters for the infidels.

Those recent attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and Egypt showed their followers are listening, so this will be a long, uneasy summer, George.

STEPHANOPOULOS: We know they will keep trying.

And Pierre, while I have you, you also cover homeland security and immigration. Let me ask you about that horrific case out of San Francisco where a young woman, Kate Steinle was shot and killed by a Mexican immigrant who was in the country illegally. And so shocking, because this immigrant, Francisco Sanchez, had seven prior felony convictions, been deported five times. A lot of people wondering how could someone like that be in the United States be free?

THOMAS: George, what a tragic case. And this may be a classic example that bureaucracy can kill. Federal immigration officials are pointing the finger squarely at local authorities. They say this criminal, as you say, deported five times should never have been released by the city. They say that Francisco Sanchez was handed over to the city because of an outstanding drug charge there. Prior to that, he had been in prison for being a repeat illegal immigration offender.