Gov. Rick Perry announced today that the state, working in concert with the U.S. Border Patrol, will begin cracking down on commercial truckers who knowingly smuggle illegal weapons, drugs or humans across the Texas-Mexico border.
Perry directed the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to work with Border Patrol, in an initiative dubbed Texas Hold ‘Em, to revoke the commercial driver licenses of those convicted of felony smuggling.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the Boy Scouts and their families in Iowa as they recover from the tragedy and loss suffered yesterday evening.
“I am deeply proud of the heroic efforts made by the Boy Scouts to protect each other even in the midst of such chaos. I am certain that many lives were saved and injuries prevented because of the training that they learned out in the wilderness this very week. “The skills practiced by these scouts will continue to serve them the rest of their lives and grow them into some of the most exceptional leaders in their communities.”
I have seen many things in my time as governor, but few sights have left a deeper impression on me than the charred remains of this genuine Texas treasure standing behind me. As I consider what was done to this once-majestic home, my heart aches beyond words.
"We are heartbroken by the fire that has ravaged the Texas Governors Mansion. It has not only been our home for the past eight years, but has stood as a symbol of Texas pride throughout its history. Though it can certainly be rebuilt, what Texas has lost today can never be replaced."
"We are grateful to all the firefighters who worked heroically to save this historic landmark and Texas treasure. And like all Texans, we hope that this remarkable building, which has served as the home for our family and other Texas governors’ for the last 150 years, can be saved and restored."
ST. MÈRE ÉGLISE, FRANCE – Gov. Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry today participated in ceremonies commemorating the 64th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied Forces’ assault on the beaches of Normandy during World War II, which led to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.
“D-Day reminds us of a maelstrom of intense combat, noble lives ended in an instant, and a turning point in the deadliest war in human history,” said Gov. Perry. “The sacrifice of those fallen heroes and those who fought for freedom alongside them deserves to be remembered throughout the world until the end of time.”