Gov. Perry on Border Security

We cannot have homeland security without border security. Under Gov. Perry, Texas has been a leader on border security while the federal government has faltered. Under his leadership, Texas has put more boots on the ground, more technology to use, and more targeted operations to dramatically reduce all crime along the border.

  • Surge Operations. Starting in June 2006, state-funded operations have committed resources to strategic areas, resulting in an average of 65 percent reduction of all crime, including rape, murder, human trafficking and narcotics smuggling in our border communities. In 2009, the 81st Legislature reapproved funding for border operations, dedicating more than $110 million for the second consecutive session.
  • Transnational Gang Initiative. In response to a rising tide of gang violence in Texas communities, Gov. Perry secured funding for enhanced anti-gang efforts all across the state. On Feb. 26, 2009, Gov. Rick Perry sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano requesting the deployment of an additional 1,000 National Guard soldiers to the Texas-Mexico border and has yet to receive a response. Gov. Perry reiterated his request and concerns in a letter to President Barack Obama on Aug. 21, 2009.
  • Ranger Recon. In September, Gov. Perry launched the Ranger Recon security initiative, which utilizes Ranger Reconnaissance Teams to tap the specialized criminal intelligence and apprehension capabilities of the Texas Rangers to protect Texans who live in remote areas of the border and whose lives and property are threatened by criminals coming across the border.

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New Perry 2010 Ad: "Border"

Texans for Rick Perry has released its newest ad, “Border.”

The ad, which features Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West, can be viewed here:

Visit http://rickperry.org/issues/border-security to learn more about Governor Rick Perry's record on border security issues.

Below is the script of the ad and highlights of Gov. Perry’s record of providing support for our state’s efforts to secure the border. (click "Read more")

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New Perry 2010 Ad: "Border"

Texans for Rick Perry has released its newest ad, “Border.”

The ad, which features Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West, can be viewed here:

Visit http://rickperry.org/issues/border-security to learn more about Governor Rick Perry's record on border security issues.

Below is the script of the ad and highlights of Gov. Perry’s record of providing support for our state’s efforts to secure the border. (click "Read more")

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Perry Touts Tax Cuts, Balanced State Budget

Friday, January 29, 2010

News-Journal.com

Christina Lane

On the eve of the second Texas Republican gubernatorial debate, Gov. Rick Perry told East Texans that under his administration, Texas has set a blueprint to recover from the economic crisis that he believes Washington should follow.

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Perry Touts Tax Cuts, Balanced State Budget

Friday, January 29, 2010

News-Journal.com

Christina Lane

On the eve of the second Texas Republican gubernatorial debate, Gov. Rick Perry told East Texans that under his administration, Texas has set a blueprint to recover from the economic crisis that he believes Washington should follow.

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Statement from Gov. Rick Perry on KERA Debate

January 14, 2010

"Tonight’s debate gave Texans the chance to hear competing visions for our state’s future while reflecting on the remarkable success story our state has written over the last several years.

"As our nation’s economy continues to struggle, our best prospects lie with maintaining our job-friendly climate, continuing to strengthen our education system, keeping our border secure and pushing back against the flood of misguided policies pouring out of Washington.

"I hope that our success has earned the confidence of Texas voters and that they will continue supporting me in leading our state with hard work, innovation and careful fiscal stewardship."

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Hutchison Lacks Credibility on Border Issues

January 12, 2010

Senator acknowledges border security is federal responsibility,
Yet fails to provide leadership on the issue

During Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s 17-year career in Washington, she has failed to uphold the federal government’s responsibility to secure our border. While the federal government has failed, Gov. Perry has used all available state resources to ensure the people of Texas are safe.

Sen. Hutchison acknowledged that border security is a federal responsibility during a campaign stop in Midland on Aug. 21, 2009, when she said, “I think it is imperative that we address that issue and that we make the federal government pay for it rather than taking Texas tax dollars to pay for something that is the federal responsibility.” In that campaign stop, she also said, “As governor, I would know the strings to pull in Washington to get more help for Texas.” (SOURCE: Hutchison campaign stop in Midland, 8/21/09, audio available at www.WashingtonKay.com; comments also summarized in article “Hutchison targets Perry on trip to Basin,” Odessa American, 8/22/09)

“Border security is another issue where Sen. Hutchison has failed to provide leadership,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Because of Gov. Perry’s leadership and his work with the law enforcement community and state lawmakers, our border is safer now than it has ever been. Sen. Hutchison has spent 17 years in Washington and has not done one thing to effectively secure our border with Mexico.”

Because the federal government has failed to secure our border, Gov. Perry has been instrumental in providing the necessary resources to fill the gap by implementing a border security strategy based on putting boots on the ground and equipping law enforcement with the technology, training and funding they need to stem the flow of crime across our border.

Sen. Hutchison’s criticisms of Gov. Perry and the Texas legislature’s efforts ignore the fact that these programs have led to a more than 65 percent reduction in serious crime along the unincorporated areas of the border, a 52 percent reduction in illegal alien apprehensions, and the arrest, detainment and deportation of more than 42,000 illegal immigrants.

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Hutchison Lacks Credibility on Border Issues

January 12, 2010

Senator acknowledges border security is federal responsibility, yet fails to provide leadership on the issue.

During Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s 17-year career in Washington, she has failed to uphold the federal government’s responsibility to secure our border. While the federal government has failed, Gov. Perry has used all available state resources to ensure the people of Texas are safe.

Sen. Hutchison acknowledged that border security is a federal responsibility during a campaign stop in Midland on Aug. 21, 2009, when she said, “I think it is imperative that we address that issue and that we make the federal government pay for it rather than taking Texas tax dollars to pay for something that is the federal responsibility.” In that campaign stop, she also said, “As governor, I would know the strings to pull in Washington to get more help for Texas.” (SOURCE: Hutchison campaign stop in Midland, 8/21/09, audio available at www.WashingtonKay.com; comments also summarized in article “Hutchison targets Perry on trip to Basin,” Odessa American, 8/22/09)

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Hutchison Lacks Credibility on Border Issues

January 12, 2010

Senator acknowledges border security is federal responsibility, yet fails to provide leadership on the issue.

During Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s 17-year career in Washington, she has failed to uphold the federal government’s responsibility to secure our border. While the federal government has failed, Gov. Perry has used all available state resources to ensure the people of Texas are safe.

Sen. Hutchison acknowledged that border security is a federal responsibility during a campaign stop in Midland on Aug. 21, 2009, when she said, “I think it is imperative that we address that issue and that we make the federal government pay for it rather than taking Texas tax dollars to pay for something that is the federal responsibility.” In that campaign stop, she also said, “As governor, I would know the strings to pull in Washington to get more help for Texas.” (SOURCE: Hutchison campaign stop in Midland, 8/21/09, audio available at www.WashingtonKay.com; comments also summarized in article “Hutchison targets Perry on trip to Basin,” Odessa American, 8/22/09)

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The Battle of Presidio: A tiny Texas town braces for a flood of illegal immigrants.

November 23, 2009

National Review

Kevin Williamson

‘You don’t have to hit us in the head with a baseball bat too many times,” says Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, “before we start to think you’re doing it on purpose.” And so Governor Perry has a question for the Obama administration: Why ship thousands and thousands of illegal aliens from places as far away as San Diego, Calif., and Nogales, Ariz., all the way down to the tiny little village of Presidio, Tex. — population 4,167 — to deport them?

The Obama administration says the answer to that question, or at least part of the answer, is the Chihuahuan Desert. Send illegals across the border at San Diego, immigration authorities have argued, and they’ll just hit a couple of happy hours in Tijuana before coming right back across to the United States. But get them on the other side of a vast and inhospitable desert, and the heat and the cactuses and the coachwhip snakes will do what the U.S. Border Patrol cannot: Keep Mexicans in Mexico.

It’s a great theory, with one glaring flaw: It assumes that the Mexican authorities are going to transport deportees across the desert and back to their hometowns in the interior. Mexico is not going to do that. Mexico is a corrupt and oligarchic backwater, and illegal immigration is its main anti-poverty program. Anybody who has even a passing familiarity with the Mexican federal law-enforcement authorities knows better than to expect them to behave responsibly. And it’s not just negligence — Mexico actively encourages its poorest citizens to break north and send remittances (about $25 billion last year) south. Mexico exports its poor to the United States because it’s a lot cheaper than trying to care for them itself and, while the Mexican government has a woefully inadequate infrastructure for providing basic social services, it has a pretty good infrastructure, both formal and informal, for shunting its unwanted poor into the United States. It even issues its own identification card to illegals, the matricula consular, which is accepted as valid ID by some U.S. government agencies. The idea that deportees are going to get out of those Wackenhut buses convoying them down to Presidio and be taken inland by some putative El Wackenhut is preposterous.

“They’re going to walk them halfway across the bridge and say, ‘Good luck,’” Governor Perry says. “On the one side, they’re going to be facing the desert. On the other side is Texas. Which way would you go?”

The Border Patrol is going to be shipping nearly 100 illegals a day through Presidio. That means that every six weeks or so a quantity of illegals equal to the entire population of Presidio is going to pass over that bridge, all of them adult, male Mexican nationals. If even 10 percent of them turn around and reenter the United States — and it’s probably going to be more than that, if history is any indicator — this little town is going to be overwhelmed, and it doesn’t have anything like the resources to cope with those numbers. And the feds didn’t even let Texas know this was coming, Governor Perry says: Neither he nor anybody in his administration was informed of the decision.

Governor Perry, who does not hesitate to characterize the Obama administration’s ambitions as socialist, thinks the administration is setting out to punish Texas. “You look at this, you look at cap-and-trade, which absolutely would punish the Texas economy — we get it.”

Perry has repeatedly sought additional measures, including the activation of 1,000 National Guardsmen, to alleviate the border crisis. So far, the feds have been sitting on their hands. The Border Patrol says they have enough agents; 12 million illegal aliens say they don’t. “We have a good history with the Border Patrol, and I don’t blame the Border Patrol for this,” Governor Perry says. “This is coming from higher up, and they work for Janet Napolitano.” Secretary Napolitano recently told the liberal Center for American Progress that new immigration legislation is likely in 2010, and that the reforms will include an amnesty for illegals. That’s the sort of reform that makes the Chihuahuan Desert even less attractive.

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The Battle of Presidio: A tiny Texas town braces for a flood of illegal immigrants.

November 23, 2009

National Review

Kevin Williamson

‘You don’t have to hit us in the head with a baseball bat too many times,” says Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, “before we start to think you’re doing it on purpose.” And so Governor Perry has a question for the Obama administration: Why ship thousands and thousands of illegal aliens from places as far away as San Diego, Calif., and Nogales, Ariz., all the way down to the tiny little village of Presidio, Tex. — population 4,167 — to deport them?

The Obama administration says the answer to that question, or at least part of the answer, is the Chihuahuan Desert. Send illegals across the border at San Diego, immigration authorities have argued, and they’ll just hit a couple of happy hours in Tijuana before coming right back across to the United States. But get them on the other side of a vast and inhospitable desert, and the heat and the cactuses and the coachwhip snakes will do what the U.S. Border Patrol cannot: Keep Mexicans in Mexico.

It’s a great theory, with one glaring flaw: It assumes that the Mexican authorities are going to transport deportees across the desert and back to their hometowns in the interior. Mexico is not going to do that. Mexico is a corrupt and oligarchic backwater, and illegal immigration is its main anti-poverty program. Anybody who has even a passing familiarity with the Mexican federal law-enforcement authorities knows better than to expect them to behave responsibly. And it’s not just negligence — Mexico actively encourages its poorest citizens to break north and send remittances (about $25 billion last year) south. Mexico exports its poor to the United States because it’s a lot cheaper than trying to care for them itself and, while the Mexican government has a woefully inadequate infrastructure for providing basic social services, it has a pretty good infrastructure, both formal and informal, for shunting its unwanted poor into the United States. It even issues its own identification card to illegals, the matricula consular, which is accepted as valid ID by some U.S. government agencies. The idea that deportees are going to get out of those Wackenhut buses convoying them down to Presidio and be taken inland by some putative El Wackenhut is preposterous.

“They’re going to walk them halfway across the bridge and say, ‘Good luck,’” Governor Perry says. “On the one side, they’re going to be facing the desert. On the other side is Texas. Which way would you go?”

The Border Patrol is going to be shipping nearly 100 illegals a day through Presidio. That means that every six weeks or so a quantity of illegals equal to the entire population of Presidio is going to pass over that bridge, all of them adult, male Mexican nationals. If even 10 percent of them turn around and reenter the United States — and it’s probably going to be more than that, if history is any indicator — this little town is going to be overwhelmed, and it doesn’t have anything like the resources to cope with those numbers. And the feds didn’t even let Texas know this was coming, Governor Perry says: Neither he nor anybody in his administration was informed of the decision.

Governor Perry, who does not hesitate to characterize the Obama administration’s ambitions as socialist, thinks the administration is setting out to punish Texas. “You look at this, you look at cap-and-trade, which absolutely would punish the Texas economy — we get it.”

Perry has repeatedly sought additional measures, including the activation of 1,000 National Guardsmen, to alleviate the border crisis. So far, the feds have been sitting on their hands. The Border Patrol says they have enough agents; 12 million illegal aliens say they don’t. “We have a good history with the Border Patrol, and I don’t blame the Border Patrol for this,” Governor Perry says. “This is coming from higher up, and they work for Janet Napolitano.” Secretary Napolitano recently told the liberal Center for American Progress that new immigration legislation is likely in 2010, and that the reforms will include an amnesty for illegals. That’s the sort of reform that makes the Chihuahuan Desert even less attractive.

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