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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Perry Snapshots: Rio Grande Valley Endorsements

On Friday, Governor Perry traveled down to the Rio Grande Valley to receive endorsements from mayors, mayors pro-tempore, school board members and city commissioners. Over 30 elected officials pointed to Perry's principled leadership and success in maintaining a friendly business climate and strong economy in offering their support of his re-election campaign.

Rio Grande Valley Officials Endorse Governor Perry

Rio Grande Valley Officials Endorse Governor Perry

Rio Grande Valley Officials Endorse Governor Perry

Rio Grande Valley Officials Endorse Governor Perry

Rio Grande Valley Officials Endorse Governor Perry

A great way to see what Governor Perry does on the campaign trail is by following his flickr page! Just go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/rickperry and view photos of Governor Perry connecting with Texans all across the state.

Also, you can continue to show your support for Governor Perry by becoming a fan on Facebook.

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Bipartisan Group of Mayors and Elected Officials Endorse Gov. Perry for Re-Election

May 7, 2010

MISSION – Gov. Rick Perry today accepted the endorsements of 30 elected officials from the Rio Grande Valley region, including mayors, mayors pro-tempore, school board members and city commissioners, including several Democrats. They pointed to Gov. Perry’s principled leadership and success in maintaining a friendly business climate and strong economy in offering their support of his re-election campaign.

“It is an honor to stand here today with a group of leaders who have dedicated themselves to public service and worked tirelessly to strengthen their communities, and I am deeply honored to have their support,” said Gov. Perry. “Working together, we will keep our state moving forward with Texas values and proven leadership, and the support of hardworking Texans like those here with me today.”

"I’ve been supporting Gov. Perry since 1998 and I'm very proud of him,” said Mission Mayor Norberto Salinas. “Texas has never had as good a governor as Rick Perry. I am proud to endorse him and offer my full support. Texas needs him for another four years."

In his remarks, Gov. Perry discussed the importance of efforts to create jobs and uphold the fiscally conservative policies that have kept Texas comparatively strong in the midst of a challenging national economy. He noted Texas’ unemployment rate has remained a point-and-a-half below the national average and the state has created more jobs in the last six months than any other state. He also pointed to the state’s success in keeping taxes low, restraining spending and upholding a predictable regulatory climate, which has enabled entrepreneurs and businesses to succeed.

Gov. Perry also highlighted efforts to continue strengthening education, citing his proposals to double the number of Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (T-STEM) schools and increasing the number of U-Teach programs in state universities.

“I am a Democrat and I am supporting Gov. Perry because he's been a good governor for Pharr, the housing community and economic development,” said Pharr Mayor Polo Palacios. “My family came from Mexico and growing up I was always taught to respect those that help you and treat you well. Gov. Perry’s efforts have helped our community. We have worked together and, time after time, Gov. Perry has not let us down.”

“Gov. Perry has worked so hard for South Texas and I am so proud of him,” said La Feria Mayor Steve Brewer. “His team did an unbelievable job during Hurricane Dolly – we were underwater and Gov. Perry wasted no time in dispatching the state guard.”

“Gov. Perry really cares about South Texas,” said Elsa Mayor Senovio Castillo. “The City of Elsa has been helped tremendously by Gov. Perry. He was there when we needed him. We were well prepared before Hurricane Dolly hit because of his efforts.”

The following elected officials today endorsed Gov. Perry:

Mission Mayor Norberto Salinas
Pharr Mayor Polo Palacios
Palmhurst Mayor Ramiro Rodriguez
South Padre Island Mayor Robert Pinkerton
Laguna Vista Mayor Susie Houston,
Lyford Mayor Henry De La Paz, Jr.
Elsa Mayor Senovio Castillo,
La Feria Mayor Steve Brewer
Mission Mayor Pro-Tem,Leo Olivarez
Pharr Mayor Pro-Tem Adan Farias
Mercedes Mayor Pro-Tem Leonardo Garcia
Edcouch Mayor Pro-Tem Eduardo Gonzalez
Pharr Commissioner Oscar Elizondo, Jr.
Pharr Commissioner Arturo Cortez
Pharr Commissioner Bobby Carrillo
Mission Commissioner Ruben Plata
Mission Commissioner Maria Elena Ramirez
Mission Commissioner Norie Garza
Elsa Commissioner Cain Caceres
Elsa Commissioner Oscar Garcia
Mission I.S.D. School Board Member Oscar Martinez
Mission I.S.D. School Board Member Raymond R. Longoria
Mission I.S.D. School Board Member James E. Olivarez
Edcouch-Elsa I.S.D. School Board Member Antonio Barco
Mission Chief of Police Leo Longoria
Former Donna Mayor Rick Morales
Former Harlingen Mayor Rick Rodriguez
Former Rio Grande City Mayor Kevin Hiles
Former 92nd District Judge Horacio Pena
Former 430th District Judge Tom Wingate

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Bipartisan Group of Mayors and Elected Officials Endorse Gov. Perry for Re-Election

May 7, 2010

MISSION – Gov. Rick Perry today accepted the endorsements of 30 elected officials from the Rio Grande Valley region, including mayors, mayors pro-tempore, school board members and city commissioners, including several Democrats. They pointed to Gov. Perry’s principled leadership and success in maintaining a friendly business climate and strong economy in offering their support of his re-election campaign.

“It is an honor to stand here today with a group of leaders who have dedicated themselves to public service and worked tirelessly to strengthen their communities, and I am deeply honored to have their support,” said Gov. Perry. “Working together, we will keep our state moving forward with Texas values and proven leadership, and the support of hardworking Texans like those here with me today.”

"I’ve been supporting Gov. Perry since 1998 and I'm very proud of him,” said Mission Mayor Norberto Salinas. “Texas has never had as good a governor as Rick Perry. I am proud to endorse him and offer my full support. Texas needs him for another four years."

In his remarks, Gov. Perry discussed the importance of efforts to create jobs and uphold the fiscally conservative policies that have kept Texas comparatively strong in the midst of a challenging national economy. He noted Texas’ unemployment rate has remained a point-and-a-half below the national average and the state has created more jobs in the last six months than any other state. He also pointed to the state’s success in keeping taxes low, restraining spending and upholding a predictable regulatory climate, which has enabled entrepreneurs and businesses to succeed.

Gov. Perry also highlighted efforts to continue strengthening education, citing his proposals to double the number of Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (T-STEM) schools and increasing the number of U-Teach programs in state universities.

“I am a Democrat and I am supporting Gov. Perry because he's been a good governor for Pharr, the housing community and economic development,” said Pharr Mayor Polo Palacios. “My family came from Mexico and growing up I was always taught to respect those that help you and treat you well. Gov. Perry’s efforts have helped our community. We have worked together and, time after time, Gov. Perry has not let us down.”

“Gov. Perry has worked so hard for South Texas and I am so proud of him,” said La Feria Mayor Steve Brewer. “His team did an unbelievable job during Hurricane Dolly – we were underwater and Gov. Perry wasted no time in dispatching the state guard.”

“Gov. Perry really cares about South Texas,” said Elsa Mayor Senovio Castillo. “The City of Elsa has been helped tremendously by Gov. Perry. He was there when we needed him. We were well prepared before Hurricane Dolly hit because of his efforts.”

The following elected officials today endorsed Gov. Perry:

Mission Mayor Norberto Salinas
Pharr Mayor Polo Palacios
Palmhurst Mayor Ramiro Rodriguez
South Padre Island Mayor Robert Pinkerton
Laguna Vista Mayor Susie Houston,
Lyford Mayor Henry De La Paz, Jr.
Elsa Mayor Senovio Castillo,
La Feria Mayor Steve Brewer
Mission Mayor Pro-Tem,Leo Olivarez
Pharr Mayor Pro-Tem Adan Farias
Mercedes Mayor Pro-Tem Leonardo Garcia
Edcouch Mayor Pro-Tem Eduardo Gonzalez
Pharr Commissioner Oscar Elizondo, Jr.
Pharr Commissioner Arturo Cortez
Pharr Commissioner Bobby Carrillo
Mission Commissioner Ruben Plata
Mission Commissioner Maria Elena Ramirez
Mission Commissioner Norie Garza
Elsa Commissioner Cain Caceres
Elsa Commissioner Oscar Garcia
Mission I.S.D. School Board Member Oscar Martinez
Mission I.S.D. School Board Member Raymond R. Longoria
Mission I.S.D. School Board Member James E. Olivarez
Edcouch-Elsa I.S.D. School Board Member Antonio Barco
Mission Chief of Police Leo Longoria
Former Donna Mayor Rick Morales
Former Harlingen Mayor Rick Rodriguez
Former Rio Grande City Mayor Kevin Hiles
Former 92nd District Judge Horacio Pena
Former 430th District Judge Tom Wingate

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VIDEO: "Leader"

The Republican primary for Texas Governor takes place on March 2, but early voting in Texas begins February 16 and runs through the 26th. The momentum behind the Governor's campaign is palpable, and the campaign made this new video that you can share with your friends and neighbors to help fire up your fellow Texans about getting out and voting early for Governor Rick Perry:

Find your early voting location here.

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Governor Perry Visits El Paso

Friday, Governor Perry visited the Sierra Machinery to talk about how to keep Texas strong!

El Paso Sierra Machinery

El Paso Sierra Machinery

El Paso Sierra Machinery

See all the pictures from Governor Perry's trip to El Paso on his flickr page.

Get up to the minute reports from the campaign trail by following @GovPerry2010 on twitter.

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Gov. Perry Visits Corpus Christi and Calls on Federal Government to Reimburse Texas

Gov. Rick Perry visited Corpus Christi today and called on the federal government to reimburse the state of Texas for costs associated with detaining criminals in Texas jails who are undocumented immigrants. Perry announced he will send a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano asking the federal government to begin reimbursing the state for such costs.

Corpus Illegal Immigration Jail Policy

Corpus Jail Illegal Immigrant Jail Policy

Corpus Illegal Immigration Jail Policy

Find more pictures from today's press conference on the Governor's flickr account.

Get up to the minute reports from the campaign trail by following @GovPerry2010 on twitter.

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Gov. Perry Calls on Federal Government to Reimburse State for Detaining Criminal Aliens

February 10, 2009

CORPUS CHRISTI – Gov. Rick Perry today visited Corpus Christi and called on the federal government to reimburse the state of Texas for costs associated with detaining criminals in Texas jails who are undocumented immigrants. Gov. Perry announced he will send a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano asking the federal government to begin reimbursing the state for such costs. The state will begin submitting monthly invoices to the federal government for these costs in hopes that it will start meeting its obligations to uphold immigration policy.

Gov. Perry is also scheduled to speak in San Antonio later today on this topic.

“As we work to tighten our belts here in Texas, we not only run up against Washington-mandated spending, but we face significant troubles caused by Washington’s indifference,” said Gov. Perry. “Currently, the state of Texas spends millions to house criminal aliens that are detained in our prison systems, which means that Texas taxpayers are footing the bill for criminals that wouldn’t be here in the first place if Washington hadn’t failed so miserably when it comes to securing the borders.”

There are currently an estimated 9,000 criminal aliens in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice either serving their sentences or awaiting deportation by the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The state of Texas spends $13.5 million each month to detain these individuals who would otherwise not be in our state if the federal government was upholding its responsibility to secure our international borders.

Gov. Perry has also invited local law enforcement officials to submit their bills for such expenses to the Commission on Jail Standards (CJS), which will be combined with the costs incurred by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and included in the state’s monthly invoices. He noted that Sec. Napolitano should be familiar with Texas’ request as she requested the same reimbursements during her time as governor of Arizona.

Gov. Perry is also asking Sec. Napolitano to expedite ICE’s Secure Communities Initiative, a program designed to efficiently identify criminal aliens, so it will be available to more communities more quickly, and help improve the process of identifying and removing criminal aliens from the U.S. To date, the tools this initiative provides have been implemented in only 50 of Texas’ 254 counties, leaving local jails largely on their own when it comes to determining the immigration status of individuals in their custody.

“Of course Washington has no problem transporting illegal aliens into our state as they drive them through Presidio and drop them off just over the border as part of the Alien Transfer and Exit Program,” said Gov. Perry. “However, they have yet to truly acknowledge their responsibility when it comes to criminal aliens, a failure that continues to create a safety problem and a significant financial burden for our state.”

Additionally, the governor will direct the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and CJS to work together on developing guidance for local jailers to help them identify criminal aliens in their custody. He also pledged to work with the Legislature to create a Criminal Alien Verification Program within DPS. As Texas has filled the gap on Washington’s failure to secure the border, it will also take steps to ensure Texas law enforcement can adequately identify criminal aliens within our borders until the federal government fulfills its obligation to the state on this issue.

“The investment that we’re making to protect Texans ends up protecting communities all across the country as we serve as the first line of defense in this struggle,” said Gov. Perry. “The federal government’s failure to secure our border has a domino effect across Texas and across the country that we will continue to battle because the safety of our citizens is a top priority.”

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Governor Perry Talks About Border Security

Today, Governor Perry visited the Irving Police Association to discuss the impact of Texas’ border security efforts and reiterate his commitment to upholding the security of Texas communities.

Iriving Border Security Press Conference

Iriving Border Security Press Conference

Find more information on the Governor's stance regarding this issue by visiting our border security page.

Get up to the minute reports from the campaign trail by following @GovPerry2010 on twitter.

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Governor Perry Talks About Border Security

Today, Governor Perry visited the Irving Police Association to discuss the impact of Texas’ border security efforts and reiterate his commitment to upholding the security of Texas communities.

Iriving Border Security Press Conference

Iriving Border Security Press Conference

Find more information on the Governor's stance regarding this issue by visiting our border security page.

Get up to the minute reports from the campaign trail by following @GovPerry2010 on twitter.

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Gov. Perry Stresses Border Security As Federal Government Neglects Its Responsibilities

February 8, 2010

IRVING – Gov. Rick Perry today visited the Irving Police Association to discuss the impact of Texas’ border security efforts and reiterate his commitment to upholding the security of Texas communities.

“I deeply respect the Federal Border Patrol Agents who work with our local and state law enforcement in the border region, but they have consistently been shortchanged when it comes to the resources that they need to do their job,” said Gov. Perry. “That is why Texas keeps stepping up with resources to fill that gap. I am proud of what Texas has done to bolster border security by putting more boots on the ground with the technology, coordination and support they need.”

Gov. Perry specifically highlighted efforts to combat the threat of transnational gangs across the state, which have become an increasing threat to Texas communities and recruit members from Texas schools and prisons.

“As we have made life and business tougher for the drug cartels, they have relied increasingly on transnational gangs fueling their growth in size and influence in communities across our state,” said Gov. Perry. “That is why we have provided close to $4 million in grants to local police departments across the state in 2008 in the effort to provide adequate resources to peace officers on the front lines of the ongoing conflict with these gangs.”

Specifically in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, as part of the state’s transnational gangs initiative, $225,000 grants were awarded to Arlington, Garland, Fort Worth and Irving, along with a $500,000 grant for Dallas.

The governor cited the success of the state’s anti-gang strategy, noting 2009 reports from police departments across the state that show close to 1,000 felony arrests and the seizure of more than half a ton of drugs. In addition to grants allocated in 2008, the 81st Legislature passed an omnibus gang bill which provided for the electronic monitoring of gang members, the creation of gang-free zones, and the establishment of civil liability for gang members and the damage they cause. The Legislature also funded a gang intelligence section within the Texas Fusion Center as well as gang investigations and prosecutions.

“These gangs most certainly know that we mean business and the drug cartels that fund them are working even harder to overcome our efforts,” said Gov. Perry. “Fortunately for us, we have the resolve, and more importantly, we have Texas peace officers who have sworn to defend our citizens and do so with great courage. I thank them for their service and the safety and security they preserve with their sacrifice.”

Because the federal government has failed to secure Texas’ international 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:
• At Gov. Perry’s request, the Texas legislature allocated $110 million in state funds in 2007 to amplify border security efforts through Operation Border Star, which has funded more personnel, and provided assets like aircraft, patrol boats and better technology for communications, data management and coordinated efforts.
• At Gov. Perry’s request, legislators renewed border funding at $116 million in 2009, which includes funds to combat the emerging threat of transnational gangs infiltrating our communities and threatening the safety of our citizens, recruiting members from Texas schools and prisons.
• In Oct. 2009, Gov. Perry launched the Ranger Recon Teams, which utilizes 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 whose property are threatened by border crime.
• Since Jan. 2009, Gov. Perry has urged the federal government, through letters to President Barack Obama, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, to approve his request for 1,000 Title 32 National Guardsmen to support civilian law enforcement efforts to enhance border security in Texas.
• Gov. Perry has consistently fought to fund and utilize innovative technology to support border security strategies which include the Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition’s Virtual Border Watch program, a system of cameras along the border, which creates a virtual online patrol presence, allowing the public to view and report suspicious activity to law enforcement. Other technology resources include five state-of-the-art helicopters with forward-looking infrared, electronic fingerprint booking stations, night vision goggles for law enforcement, license plate readers and enhanced radio interoperability to allow communication between different law enforcement jurisdictions.

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