This morning, Governor Perry spoke with Mike Gallagher about border security and government bailouts. Listen to the entire interview below:
In the interview, Governor Perry reiterated his call for the Texas legislature to fund the kinds of border security programs that have proved a success thus far. Crime is down 65% in key border areas where these programs have been implemented.
As citizens of a border state, we as Texans know that Mexico is an important commercial and cultural partner. Texas exported more than 62 billion dollars worth of products to Mexico last year alone. Unfortunately, though, the border regions of Mexico are facing a drug-related surge in crime; in 2008, there were more than four homicides on average each and every day in the city of Juárez alone.
Transnational gang activity, organized crime drug cartels, human smuggling, the exploitation of children, and brutal acts of violence are all spilling into the United States across the Rio Grande. For far too long, the federal government has not fulfilled its obligation to secure our border.
Since the initial implementation of these operations, Texas has seen a 52% drop in illegal alien apprehensions and a 65% reduction in border crime in key areas. By putting more boots on the ground and increasing law enforcement resources along the border, Governor Perry and supporters of border security efforts in the Texas legislature have proven that although border security is a federal obligation, it must remain a Texas priority. The border security successes thus far have shown that Texas leadership can improve the safety of our citizens.
Each and every day, vast numbers of Americans are voting for Texas' conservative principles. They are choosing free enterprise, personal responsibility, respect for property rights, and a government that is limited and transparent. They're not all necessarily waking up each day and voting in the traditional sense, at the polling booth. Americans are voting with their feet, and they're choosing Texas. Resoundingly.
30% of all Americans who moved from one state to another between 2007 and 2008 moved to Texas.
In many ways, Texas is a rare success story amid today's stormy economic news. It comes as no surprise, then, that in a new index measuring the health of the nation's largest 75 housing markets for 2009, Texas cities swept the top 5 spots: