You have to make choices. Dallas gets hit by a terror strike, killing Children, from narcos or muslim terrorists sneaking across the Rio Grande, and everyone in Texas will be asking for the Fence or a Militarized Border.
Without the fence, you are looking at 10 maybe 15,000 National Guardsmen on the border to stop the flow.
Bush, and Perry, would not, and will not want to militarize the border and offend the Mexicans.
So, what will happen to the Texas Border with Mexico, if Perry becomes President. Nothing, just a token increase in Border Agents, with drugs, illegal immigrants, and potentially muslim terrorists crossing the borden at will.
Perry is not the answer.
Speaking of answers.....
I’m still waiting.
I did a quick google search; in 2005 “Perry increases border security with more troops, equipment”
A 2008 border security report cites the additional expenditures for increasing border security, and notes $110 million appropriation for new security, and also says “Because increased funding for border operations has led to a decrease in crime, the state should
sustain funding for border operations at the state level,”
The report further mentions a 2006 Perry initiative that was successful: “The Texas Border Security Strategy established by Governor Perry in February 2006, has been successful in reducing crime and enhancing border security.”
This year, politicfact texas found that Perry kept his promise to fund border security even though there were big budget cuts: “Budget increases state funding for border security”
So, there is a 6-year record of Perry being active and successful on the issue of border security in Texas.
And NumbersUsa gave him a “good” rating on border security, saying all he had to do to make it to “excellent” was to lay out his plan for federal border security.
I don’t see him being weak on border security, which is one of the big issues at the federal level.
He also isn’t weak on deporting illegals in Texas, and federal deportation is another of the big issues.
And because of his states-rights record, I don’t expect he’ll support a federal dream act.
I think some of the attacks on his texas record are simply wrong on the facts, others are correct but don’t really apply to the job of President, and some are mitigated by his states-rights stance.