Rick Perry Busted Blatantly Lying About Number of Homicides Committed by Illegal Immigrants

rick-perry-idiot-1No one in this country has tried to exploit the immigration crisis at our border more than Texas Governor Rick Perry.  It seems a week doesn’t go by where he hasn’t traveled to the border for a new photo-op with a mounted machine gun near by.

You know, because this picture of him and Sean Hannity looks really natural:


And so does this one:


Well recently he tried to ratchet up the fear mongering by claiming that in the last six years, 3,000 homicides have been committed by illegal immigrants in Texas.

During an interview with Glenn Beck, Perry said, “The number of illegal activities up to and including homicides–I think over 3,000 homicides by illegal aliens over the course of the last six years; that’s unacceptable and that’s the reason that we have to secure that border.”

Fact checking site Politifact rated this statement an abysmal “Pants on Fire,” which is their ranking for statements exhibiting complete dishonesty, lacking any factual basis whatsoever.

Their investigation concluded that:

This claim is unsupported by the presentation he relied on, which indicates that since 2008 in Texas, more than 200,000 arrested immigrants — foreign nationals living here with or without legal permission — had among them accumulated 3,070 homicide charges (not convictions) in their lives. Put another way, for this declaration to hold water, one would have to assume illegal immigrants committed nearly half of the state’s homicides since 2008; we found no such data.

Think about that for a moment.  Rick Perry likes to pretend to be an “expert” on illegal immigration, yet he knows so little about it that he falsely claimed that illegal immigrants accounted for nearly half of all homicides in Texas.  Something that even common sense would tell a logical person couldn’t possibly be true.

This statement matters considering this false information is what he used during the interview as “the reason” why border security is so important.  Except, “the reason” was 100% inaccurate.  Meaning that a large premise for his stance on border security has been based on completely inaccurate information.

So it appears not only does Rick Perry seemingly have no idea what the homicide rate is in his own state, but he clearly doesn’t know anything about how many of those homicides were committed by illegal immigrants.  But that didn’t stop him from perpetuating his myth that illegal immigrants are responsible for 3,000 homicides over the last 6 years.

Then again, when do facts ever get in the way of right-wing rhetoric?

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Eg Kbbs

    Perry has never been one for facts.

    When fanning the flames of xenophobic hatred, in this case I have no doubt that every time he hears of a murder he has a knee jerk reaction of “I’m sure the killer was an illegal Mexican immigrant.” And then once that is in his head, he absolutely refused to be shown that he is wrong.

  • Pipercat

    I’m amazed he came to the number of 3000 in the first place; he usually gets stuck at 2.

    • Devan Brown

      Best comment I’ve seen all year!

    • Stephen Barlow


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    • Nathan Frigerio

      Careful, not everyone gets your sarcasm.

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    • Coma White

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      • Stephen Barlow

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  • Grand1

    Yes, illegal immigrants come to the U.S. for low paying jobs, hoever, they are able to purchase expensive handguns to kill Texans, rather than use the money for housing and food. Tell us anonther on Governor.

  • j.p.russell

    The article uses the term “illegal immigrant”. Describing an immigrant as illegal is legally inaccurate. Being int he U.S. without proper documents is a civil offense, not a criminal one. “Undocumented immigrant” is the correct, legal term.

    illegal immigrants
    illegal immigrants

    • Stephen Barlow

      TRespassing is criminal, but it’s a fine. Trespissing is vandalism if it leaves brown spots on you neighbor’s lawn.

  • Richard



    I bet his parents always regretted not using birth control.

  • adcbeast

    Rick Perry thought glasses would make everyone forget that he is a TARD? LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    If you can’t remember the NUTTER republican platform of eliminating the Dept of Energy, Education and Commerce .. then you should not be running for student council let alone president ..

    • thinkingwomanmillstone

      Perry is a fool….as is anyone who cannot make a comment without using a pejorative for the intellectually disabled. Enjoying the company?

      • adcbeast

        Stoned DOOOSH … Your mom would say hi but she has something in her mouth

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      • terribletwos

        Your comment has been dooshed, Addicted to cocainebeast

      • adcbeast

        Your mom says hi ..

      • terribletwos

        Not even worth a comment. Thanks for playing.

      • Timea

        I LOVE YOUR COMMENT!!! Thank you for defending that precious population of people with Special Needs. I honestly breaks my heart to hear people use that term as a synonym for “stupid.” 🙂 🙂 Thank you 🙂 🙂

    • Stephen Barlow

      AMEN! But he forgot 3 others, Labor, Interior, and Agriculture. 4… Postal Service.

  • Patricia Hebel

    Every time I hear about this tool, I am reminded of the old adage, you can’t fix stupid. Wouldn’t it be great if we could?

    • Andy Baker

      We can with a lead pill

  • ayalar314

    Rick Perry is an expert on immigration because he lives in a border state. That is the same logic that Sarah Palin used to explain her foreign relations credentials.

    • marcia

      Your right. All these illegals free here. My grandparents came from Europe 80 years ago. At that time you needed to learn ENGLISH. Learn our laws and history. Get your green card. No food stamps. No welfare. Nothing free. You had to work on being an american. Now everything is handed to these foreigners. No respect for American citizenship or our values. Come free get taxfree dollars. Terrible needs to stop

      • terribletwos

        Are you freeking kidding me? They do not receive food stamps or welfare. Gees, stop buying into the BS. Simple really, because one CAN NOT get food stamps or welfare without a certified US birth certificate.

  • Brandon Gardner

    fkn g w bush clone just go away.

  • ShimC

    So 3 or 30 or 300 would be ok? You “progressives” are absolutely amazing with the depth of stupidity to which you will sink.

  • bcntln

    How many murders per year committed by illegal immigrants should it take for unsecured borders to be a problem? How many rapes, how many robberies, how many drunk driving charges and deaths are too many? I would like to know the threshold. I would like to know if public safety should ever be a consideration by thoughts who want to protect illegal immigration.

  • Fenris VanCross

    No one is saying that there is an “acceptable threshhold” of any type of crime that may or may not be committed by undocumented immigrants (or any one else for that matter). The point of the article and most of the comments is that Perry continues to display his lack of knowledge about situations on which he claims to be an expert, thereby showing himself to be a stupid fool. Ignorance is the lack of knowledge of a subject. Stupidity is the unwillingness to learn about a subject. Foolishness is the continual public display of ones stupidity.

  • Andy Baker

    Rick Perry and most other lying trash Republican leaders are not stupid! They are domestic terrorists! They do what ever the hell they want and laugh in our face! Look what Bush did?!? How the fuck does someone rape the country like that and get away with it? People don’t vote because they are powerless

  • Stephen Barlow

    How many ACTUAL CONVICTIONS by illegal immigrants? That shouldn’t be hard to find.

  • wapitihunter

    Okay retards this article is a lie and typical of fag liberals. There are 0 facts to prove him wrong check DPS numbers. Fing retards. More Obeyme dictator worshipers