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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Texas touts 'surge' at Mexican border to confront illegal immigration

(CNN) -- Texas authorities toughened their security to thwart illegal immigration along the Mexican border, an operation they call a "surge."

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Texas officials announce border security surge to stem immigrant tide

Los Angeles Times
Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other state officials have authorized the Texas Department of Public Safety to begin emergency “surge operations” along the border with Mexico in response to an influx of immigrants making the illegal crossing, mostly women and children from Central America.

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Texas leaders call for state law enforcement to secure the border

Austin American-Statesman
The state’s top leaders called Wednesday for intensified border security operations by Texas law enforcement personnel at a cost of $1.3 million a week to “combat the flood of illegal immigration into the state.”

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Perry orders DPS to begin law enforcement surge at border

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Gov. Perry calls southern border surge a 'national disaster'

Jun. 17, 2014 - 7:13 - Governor says the administration is 'not serious' about border security

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Gov. Rick Perry sounds off on the southern border chaos

Jun. 17, 2014 - 3:48 - Illegal immigrant children flooding into U.S.

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Rick Perry correct that record number of immigrants not from Mexico are being apprehended at border

PolitiFact Texas
Questioning the flow of unaccompanied Central American children across the Texas-Mexico border, Gov. Rick Perry declared he has yet to hear from President Barack Obama or his administration to a 2012 letter urging attention to the matter.

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Gov. Rick Perry Again Calls On Obama To Secure The Mexican Border

Breitbart Texas
Bob Price
Breitbart Texas contacted Gov. Perry’s office to request his comments about the growing humanitarian crisis underway in South Texas. Perry’s press secretary, Lucy Nashed, responded to a series of questions from Breitbart Texas about the issue stating, “Texas has been raising this issue with the federal government since 2012, and it’s clear that two years later, they simply don’t have a handle on this growing problem. The governor wrote a letter to President Obama a couple of weeks ago that addressed this.”

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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.

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