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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Former President George H.W. Bush and Former First Lady Barbara Bush Endorse Gov. Perry for Re-election

October 25, 2010

Join over 100 groups in supporting Gov. Perry for re-election

HOUSTON – Today Gov. Rick Perry received the endorsement of former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush for the general election. They were joined by representatives from more than 100 organizations and hundreds of leaders who have endorsed Gov. Perry’s re-election, highlighting his diverse, statewide support, which represents millions of Texans.

“Gov. Perry’s leadership and proven track record is an essential component in keeping Texas a national leader in job creation,” said former President George H.W. Bush. “Texas has become a prime example of what happens when you mix fiscal responsibility, strong leadership and a vision of moving a state forward. It is an honor to endorse Gov. Rick Perry for the general election.”

George H.W. Bush was sworn in as president of the United States in January 1989 and served until January 1993. During his term in office, the Cold War ended; the threat of nuclear war was drastically reduced; the Soviet Union ceased to exist, replaced by a democratic Russia with the Baltic States becoming free; the Berlin Wall fell and Germany was reunified with Eastern Europe; and he put together an unprecedented international coalition to liberate Kuwait.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush is a tireless advocate of volunteerism, helping countless charities and humanitarian causes. Today she and President Bush serve as Co-Chairs of C-Change, an organization that represents more than 150 individuals and groups that fight cancer. She also enjoys reading to children at schools and hospitals across the nation.
“I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of former President George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush,” said Gov. Perry. “His devotion and leadership, to our country, has brought forth inspiration to us all.”

Gov. Perry’s endorsements highlight the broad-based support he has from diverse groups and industries, ranging from agriculture, health care and retail sales, to construction, law enforcement and education.

In his remarks, Gov. Perry emphasized the creation of 850,000 Texas jobs in the last ten years and the recent drop in the unemployment rate in Texas; leaving the national rate nearly two points above ours. He also touted our state’s low taxes, predictable regulatory climate, fair legal system and education efforts as crucial elements that have helped make it a national leader in exports and Fortune 1000 companies.

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Brand New TV Ad: Sergeant Johnson

Texans for Rick Perry recently launched a new 30 second TV ad called “Sergeant Johnson.”

On Twitter? Follow @GovernorPerry for updates from Rick Perry himself, @GovPerry2010 for updates from the campaign, and become a fan of Governor Perry on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest campaign news.

See below for the script, sourcing, and background materials for “Sergeant Johnson.”

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Brand New TV Ad: Sergeant Johnson

Texans for Rick Perry recently launched a new 30 second TV ad called “Sergeant Johnson.”

On Twitter? Follow @GovernorPerry for updates from Rick Perry himself, @GovPerry2010 for updates from the campaign, and become a fan of Governor Perry on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest campaign news.

See below for the script, sourcing, and background materials for “Sergeant Johnson.”

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VIDEO- Bill White's Sanctuary City.

Texans for Rick Perry has released a new video, “Bill White's Sanctuary City.”

Included in this video are testimonials from Houston police officers explaining their support for Gov. Perry and their opposition to former Houston mayor Bill White.

This video is available online at www.rickperry.org and www.liberalbill.com.

On Twitter? Follow @GovPerry2010 for updates, and become a fan of Governor Perry on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest campaign news.

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VIDEO- Bill White's Sanctuary City.

Texans for Rick Perry has released a new video, “Bill White's Sanctuary City.”

Included in this video are testimonials from Houston police officers explaining their support for Gov. Perry and their opposition to former Houston mayor Bill White.

This video is available online at www.rickperry.org and www.liberalbill.com.

On Twitter? Follow @GovPerry2010 for updates, and become a fan of Governor Perry on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest campaign news.

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NEW VIDEO: "Texas"

Texans for Rick Perry launched a new 30 second ad this week called “Texas.”

The spot highlights Governor Perry's positive message about Texas.

We need your help keeping Texas strong and prosperous! Visit http://hq.rickperry.org now, and recruit your friends, family, and colleagues who support Governor Perry.

As the Governor continues traveling all around the state, meeting with Texans from all walks of life, our campaign continues to gain strength. Your enthusiasm and energy is contagious. Join us today, and help us keep the momentum going.

On Twitter? Follow @GovernorPerry for updates from Rick Perry himself, @GovPerry2010 for updates from the campaign, and become a fan of Governor Perry on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest campaign news.

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VIDEO- Border Security: Governor Perry On The Record with Greta Van Susteren.

Earlier this week, Governor Perry interviewed via satellite with Greta Van Susteren regarding the situation on the Texas/Mexico border. Take a moment to watch the segment from On The Record:

Securing the border is a federal responsibility, but it's a Texas problem. Governor Perry is standing up for Texas, devoting hundreds of millions of dollars in Texas resources to the issue.

Texas, under Governor Perry, has put more boots on the ground, more technology to use, and more targeted operations to dramatically reduce crime along the border.

As the Governor continues traveling all around the state, sharing his positive message with Texans, the momentum and excitement of our campaign continues to build. Join us, and help keep Texas strong, secure, and prosperous.

On Twitter? Follow @GovernorPerry for updates from Rick Perry himself, @GovPerry2010 for updates from the campaign, and become a fan of Governor Perry on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest campaign news.

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Mexican officials stepping up search for body

October 6, 2010

Houston Chronicle/Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas — The Mexican government says authorities have stepped up their efforts to find the body of an American reportedly shot to death on a border lake.

The statement from the Mexican Foreign Relations Ministry was in response to a call from Gov. Rick Perry, urging Mexico to use every resource available to find the body of David Hartley and have it returned to the U.S.

Tiffany Hartley, of Colorado, says her husband, David, was shot by Mexican pirates on Falcon Lake last week as they were returning to the United States on Jet Skis.

The statement said Mexican authorities "from the first moment" have been in contact with their U.S. counterparts to coordinate search and recovery of Hartley's body, and noted that Mexico has "stepped up their actions with the support of specialized personnel, boats and helicopters."

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VIDEO- Border Security: Governor Perry on Fox & Friends

This morning, Governor Perry interviewed via satellite with Fox & Friends regarding the situation on the Texas/Mexico border. Take a moment to watch the segment from Fox & Friends for yourself:

Even though the Federal Government has failed to fulfill its responsibilities when it comes to securing the border, Governor Perry is standing up for Texas, devoting hundreds of millions of dollars in Texas resources to the issue.

Under Governor Perry's leadership, Texas has put more boots on the ground, more technology to use, and more targeted operations to dramatically reduce crime along the border.

As the Governor continues traveling all around the state, sharing his positive message with Texans, the momentum and excitement of our campaign continues to build. Join us, and help keep Texas strong, secure, and prosperous.

On Twitter? Follow @GovernorPerry for updates from Rick Perry himself, @GovPerry2010 for updates from the campaign, and become a fan of Governor Perry on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest campaign news.

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Brand New VIDEO: Border

Texans for Rick Perry launched a new television spot this week called “Border.”

The spot highlights how Governor Rick Perry is utilizing Texas resources to secure the border, even as the Federal Government has been an abject failure on the issue.

Under Governor Perry's leadership, Texas has put more boots on the ground, more technology to use, and more targeted operations to dramatically reduce crime along the border. Below are just a few of Governor Perry's border security initiatives:

* Surge Operations. Starting in June 2006, state-funded operations have committed resources to strategic areas, resulting in an average of 65 percent reduction in serious crime in our border communities where Texas resources have surged. In 2009, the 81st Texas Legislature re-approved 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. Gov. Perry reiterated his request and concerns in a letter to President Barack Obama on Aug. 21, 2009, and confronted the President in Austin yet again on the issue in 2010.

* Ranger Recon. In September 2009, 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.

As the Governor continues traveling all around the state, sharing his positive message with Texans, the momentum and excitement of our campaign continues to get stronger every day. Join us, and help keep Texas strong, secure, and prosperous.

On Twitter? Follow @GovernorPerry for updates from Rick Perry himself, @GovPerry2010 for updates from the campaign, and become a fan of Governor Perry on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest campaign news.

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