Skip to comments.Perry knocks Obama’s handling of border security
Posted on 07/18/2011 12:02:38 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Speaking this morning to the Texas Municipal Police Association in Austin, Gov. Rick Perry returned to one of his favorite subjects over the last few years, saying the Obama administration has inappropriately handled security issues on the Texas-Mexico border.
Perry, who told the Des Moines Register in recent days that God may be calling him to run for president, has long said Washington has not deployed enough manpower to the Texas-Mexico border. He repeated that criticism this morning, saying he wants 3,000 Border Patrol agents along the border in Texas and 1,000 troops from the National Guard. He said the administrations decision to send 286 troops last year was grossly inadequate.
The federal government continues to turn a blind eye to this problem, Perry said.
Last August, when President Barack Obama came to Austin for a fundraiser, Perry met him at the airport and tried to hand him a letter asking for National Guard troops. (He gave the letter to an Obama aide.) Perry later bragged in a re-election commercial that he had confronted Obama, showing footage of their brief encounter.
Last year, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano sent Perry a letter saying the Border Patrol was better staffed than at any time in its history, having increased from about 10,000 agents in 2004 to more than 20,000 in 2010.
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We (Texans) have a 1250 mile INTERNATIONAL border with Mexico. It is the FEDs job (money and muscle) to protect it. Texans are spending about $100 million a year from our budget on border security. Gov. Rick Perry has asked for drones, he's gone to Israel to see how they protect the Gaza Strip. He has asked for 3000 troops on the border. Rick Perry has set up an elite Texas Ranger force.
What do you suggest Gov. Perry do, beyond running for the top job and finally facing and addressing this issue?
For the time being, Gov. Perry should send the Texas Rangers to the border.
As a whole, our border with Mexico should be militarized anyway. If one argues that the threat to terrorism is so vast, one cannot say it is without securing to border to protect against said threats.
Gov. Rick Perry, with state Sen. Kirk Watson, left, greets the president as he arrives in Austin. Perry brought a four-page letter on border security.
Pot calls kettle, better no use that term.
How about Perry first walking back his pro-amnesty comments to Mexican Politicans first?
How about Perry reversing his refusal to support the great Arizona bill SB1070?
He can start there and then he won’t look like such a pandering political idiot!
Isn't that swell?
I don’t think 0bama’s handling of the border is any worse than the way George W. Bush handled it. Bush was an absolute disaster.
Ever wonder how you can really know there is an election coming up................
Sept 10, 2009: Perry deploys Ranger Recon' to the border "Gov. Rick Perry announced Thursday he's sent a special contingent of Texas Rangers called Ranger Recon to hot spots along the Texas-Mexico border to engage drug and human smugglers.
Perry said the special teams drawn from the state's elite 144-officer Texas Ranger division began operating in early August in remote areas on the Texas border where cartels and human smugglers have overrun private farms and ranches.
The division is supported by 200 Texas National Guard members, part of what the governor described as a continuation of $110 million in state-funded operations to contend with the fallout from Mexico's increasingly violent drug war.".....
July 7, 2011: Obama unveils drug strategy......." Texas border lawmakers have long pressed the Obama administration to integrate local and state agencies in federal strategies on the border.
...The updated strategy comes one month after President Barack Obama ordered a three-month extension of 1,200 National Guardsmen for the U.S.-Mexico border.
Only 250 of those troops were deployed in Texas, where Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican eyeing a White House bid, has criticized the president of short-changing Lone Star state on border security."
July 18, 2011: Issa and Grassley Seek More Fast and Furious Info....""On March 15, 2011, Senator Grassley sent you a letter requesting a briefing to gain a better understanding of the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) involvement in Operation Fast and Furious," the letter to DEA administrator Michele Leonhart reads. "Nearly four months later, your agency has yet to respond directly."
The questions for the FBI are even more pointed and include requests for details of the investigation into the murder of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer Jamie Zapata. Zapata was unarmed and gunned down, along with a fellow agent who was wounded, in northern Mexico in February.
"To help us better understand the role of the FBI in this multi-agency...case, we request that you produce communications relating to Operation Fast and Furious by FBI personnel based in Phoenix, Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, and El Paso, Texas..." the letter to FBI director Robert Mueller read."....
2007: [excerpt] "Perry, in Mexico with a Texan trade mission seeking opportunities in areas like renewable energy, said the federal governments plan to build a wall along much of the border to keep out illegal immigrants was idiocy.
We need those individuals to continue to grow our economy, Perry told a briefing with reporters.
If you show up illegally, without your card or youre here as a criminal element, Im for throwing the book at those folks, but the issue of people who want to legally, thoughtfully and appropriately come to America to work and help us build our economy we should quickly come up with a program and an identification card to do that. [end excerpt] Source
You’ve a way of attracting these PDS coyotes like flyes.
Wonder what they’ll do after ronpaul or mutt drop out, start openly promoting nobama?
Its important to point out that there is a huge difference in the Texas Dream Act and the The Dream Act that was pushed in Congress and failed. The Dream Act in Congress was full of all kinds of goodies other than allowing children of illegals to receive in state tuition. The Texas Dream Act was focused only on that. I happen to agree with The Texas Dream Act, and so did everyone in the Senate in Texas. It passed with ZERO no votes. Add to that, it has been proven to be successful.
These are a few things you need to know about the  Texas Dream Act. The child has to have lived in Texas the three years leading up to high school graduation. These students are given no special treatment in getting into Texas colleges and universities. They must get in on their own merit. They are paying the tuition (with or without financial aid). Its estimated that these students make up about 1% of those entering college.
Most of us agree that border control MUST be dealt with first. The problem with all other efforts on this issue in the past is that the borders were not sealed. If there is anyone who we can trust to do that it is Gov. Perry (if he decides to run for President). He knows what goes on down at the border. He has gone there many times. He knows what needs to be done. There is no doubt in my mind that if he were President, he would seal our borders. But Perry also understands Hispanic outreach.
Your tag line says it all.
At least you’re honest.
It’s the progressive social programs that have encouraged massive illegal migration into the U.S.
When you live in a border state you have to contend and live with what those programs have wrought.
The Left is in NO HURRY to stop the entrance of a new voting block.
Cheap political points.