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.

Back to The Issues >>

Read Related Press Releases, Blog Posts and News Articles about Gov. Perry's Efforts on Border Security

Op-Ed: Federal government isn't offering proper toolkit

July 2, 2012
Austin American-Statesman
Gov. Rick Perry
Instead of sending much-needed help to border states, the federal government is sending lawyers. Instead of boots on the ground, they're delivering subpoenas. Last week's Supreme Court ruling on Arizona v. United States may mark the point when our nation truly went through the looking glass in terms of border policy. The federal government, long unwilling to adequately secure the border, has now become actively contentious in its efforts to prevent states from taking steps to secure it themselves.

Read More…

Statement by Gov. Perry Regarding SCOTUS Decision on Arizona Law

June 26, 2012
"Today's decision by the Supreme Court to uphold Arizona's right to check the legal status of individuals within its borders is a victory not only for the people of Arizona, but for the rule of law. No state should be held hostage to a federal government that refuses to enforce the laws of the land.

Read More…

Perry: Obama acting Nixonian over Fast and Furious

June 24, 2012
CBS News Face the Nation
<embed src="http://cnettv.cnet.com/av/video/cbsnews/atlantis2/cbsnews_player_embed.swf" scale="noscale" salign="lt" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" background="#333333" width="425" height="279" allowFullScreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" FlashVars="si=254&&contentValue=50126843&shareUrl=http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7412750n&tag=contentMain;contentBody" />

Read More…

Governor Perry goes "On the Record" with Greta Van Susteren

Last night Governor Perry appeared "On the Record" with Greta Van Susteren of Fox News. Governor Perry gave his thoughts to Greta about the situation along the U.S./Mexico border and Barack Obama's latest statement that the border is secure. To see the first of a two-night segment, click here http://gretawire.blogs.foxnews.com/gov-rick-perry-on-th...

Read More…

Perry talks border security in Edinburg trip

May 25th, 2011
The Monitor
By: Jared Janes
EDINBURG — Gov. Rick Perry toured the U.S.-Mexico border with a Fox News anchor Tuesday to draw attention to what he described as a disconnect between Texas and Washington, D.C., on the safety of the border. President Barack Obama’s immigration speech in El Paso three weeks ago painted a picture of a safe and secure border, Perry said after he was interviewed by Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren in Hidalgo County. But Perry said local law enforcement authorities are increasingly challenged with securing the border, requiring them to turn to Austin for aid in handling a federal responsibility.

Read More…

State of the State

Governor Perry delivered his State of the State address this week, proposing to consolidate or suspend non-critical state agencies in order to make state government more streamlined and efficient. The governor also outlined his priorities for the 82nd Legislative Session, including balancing the budget without raising taxes, preserving essential services, and strengthening Texas' position as a national economic leader through sound policies. Check out the Governor's entire State of the State address below.

Read More…

State of the State

Governor Perry delivered his State of the State address this week, proposing to consolidate or suspend non-critical state agencies in order to make state government more streamlined and efficient. The governor also outlined his priorities for the 82nd Legislative Session, including balancing the budget without raising taxes, preserving essential services, and strengthening Texas' position as a national economic leader through sound policies. Check out the Governor's entire State of the State address below.

Read More…

PERRY: Texas will fight back

November 30, 2010
Gov. Rick Perry
<big><big><b>We won't stand by while Mexican border violence kills</b></big></big> Embroiled in an ongoing clash between rival drug cartels, the region of Mexico directly across the border from Texas has become one of the most dangerous places in the world, with more than 28,000 people killed since 2006, a death toll more reflective of a war zone than a nation ostensibly at peace. Wishful thinking won't keep such an overwhelming explosion of violence from creeping farther north, so we must consider all our options as we determine the best way to protect our communities. It all begins with a strong border, and a border is only as strong as the forces protecting it.

Read More…

PERRY: Texas will fight back

November 30, 2010
Gov. Rick Perry
<big><big><b>We won't stand by while Mexican border violence kills</b></big></big> Embroiled in an ongoing clash between rival drug cartels, the region of Mexico directly across the border from Texas has become one of the most dangerous places in the world, with more than 28,000 people killed since 2006, a death toll more reflective of a war zone than a nation ostensibly at peace. Wishful thinking won't keep such an overwhelming explosion of violence from creeping farther north, so we must consider all our options as we determine the best way to protect our communities. It all begins with a strong border, and a border is only as strong as the forces protecting it.

Read More…

Perry: Take TSA patters and put them on border security detail

November 20, 2010
The Hill's Blog Briefing Room
Bridget Johnson
The incoming chairman of the Republican Governors Association suggested Friday that TSA screeners would be more help securing the nation's border with Mexico. Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday on Fox Business Network that states need to "push Washington back into that box that we call the United States constitution," but said the federal government needs to follow through on its responsibility of securing the U.S. border. "Just in the last two weeks, I've had five of my citizens who've lost their lives on that border with Mexico, and that is an irresponsible lack of focus by our federal government," Perry said, calling the federal security an "abject failure." When asked if, in the wake of the TSA invasive pat-down controversy, he'd replace TSA screeners as states are allowed under federal law, Perry had an idea. "How about we take all those TSA agents and put them on the border with Mexico where they can do some security there?" Perry said. "That's where we need security substantially more than in our airports and what we're seeing out of this bunch." Perry cautioned that the incoming lawmakers in the 112th Congress "better be dreaming about" cutting the size of government and embracing fiscal conservatism when they go to sleep at night and focus on it every waking day. "That's the type of individual that will be rewarded by the voters with a re-election," he said. The possible presidential contender said that will also be the hallmark of a successful nominee. "I'd like to find somebody with the characteristics will stand up and run for the presidency in 2012 and say, I want to go to Washington, D.C. and help you make Washington as inconsequential in your life as I can make it," he said. Perry didn't say whether he was that person, but said he had "the best job" as governor of the Lone Star State. "I want to be back in the state being a governor and making things happen," he said.

Read More…

Raconteur Media Company in Austin, TX designed, develops and maintains RickPerry.org for Texans for Rick Perry.