Mexico blasts Perry comments about Islamists

Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade says Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s recent statements about the possibility that Islamic fundamentalists could be entering the U.S. from Mexico are “absurd.”

Perry last week asserted that “there is a very real possibility” that Islamic terrorists could be entering the United States from Mexico across what he called an “unsecured” Southwest border. But he added that there is “no clear evidence” that they are.

Meade said in a statement Saturday that Perry’s statements during a Thursday speech were based on “beliefs, speculation and absolutely unfounded and absurd analysis.”

Rick Perry is said to be considering another bid for the presidency in the United States on the Republican party ticket. As well, last week Gov. Perry was indited on felony charges that he abused his powers as Governor.

The governor was indicted following his threat to veto funding for a government entity that handles political-corruption investigations in Texas unless District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg of Travis County resigned after her drunken-driving conviction. Ms. Lehmberg declined to leave office, and Mr. Perry carried out the veto.

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