Skip to comments.Sheriff Joe Arpaio Endorses Governor Rick Perry for President
Posted on 11/29/2011 6:36:50 AM PST by shield
AMHERST, N.H. - Texas Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a steadfast advocate for border security and national leader in combating on illegal immigration, citing Gov. Perry's unmatched efforts to bolster border security in Texas in light of a federal government that for too long has abdicated this basic responsibility to the states. Sheriff Arpaio made his announcement at Joey's Diner in Amherst, New Hampshire.
"The federal government has failed on border crime and border enforcement, and no candidate for president has done more to secure the border than Governor Rick Perry. I have been watching Governor Perry and Texas closely and know his border surge operations with state, local and federal law enforcement officials have helped shut down the illegal trafficking of weapons, drugs and people," said Sheriff Arpaio. "I'm endorsing Rick Perry because we need a tough-on-crime president who will champion and fund full-time border security operations from Brownsville to San Diego. Governor Perry has a superior border security record and plan to make our border and our nation safer."
As governor of Texas, Rick Perry has diligently worked to fill the gap left by Washington's abject failure to secure the nation's southern border with Mexico, and supported and passed measures to combat illegal immigration.
He has directed more than $400 million since 2005 to provide law enforcement the tools they need to combat border-related crime. The governor's initiatives have put more boots on the ground, including Texas Rangers and National Guard units, and improved technology to help law enforcement detect and deter criminal activity on the border. In January 2009, Gov. Perry asked President Obama to authorize 1,000 additional National Guard troops and six helicopters to assist the state in doing Washington's job, but he has refused.
"Sheriff Arpaio knows the struggle border states face as Washington politicians and bureaucrats fail time and again to properly secure our nation's southern boundary with Mexico," said Gov. Perry. "I am honored to have Sheriff Arpaio's support for my presidential campaign and our shared goals of fighting border crime with more personnel, border fencing and surveillance. A secure border is vital to protecting America's national security, public safety and jobs. As president, I will secure the border within a year putting thousands more federal boots on the ground, strategic fencing and aerial resources to fight border crime and make our states and nation safer."
Gov. Perry's border security initiatives have resulted in the seizure of 6.8 million pounds of marijuana; 82,353 pounds of cocaine; 1,835 pounds of heroin; and 7,552 pounds of methamphetamine which has an estimated value of more than $6.5 billion. In addition, officers have seized $227 million in currency and more than 3,500 illegal weapons.
Additionally, to combat illegal immigration, Gov. Perry:
Championed a Voter ID law that ensures only American citizens will be able to vote in elections;
Signed into law a requirement that only citizens and legal residents may obtain a driver license;
Declared legislation outlawing "sanctuary cities" an emergency item in Texas, and added it to the call of the special session;
Fought for tougher penalties for those who engage in human trafficking;
Signed a law that requires counties to assist the state in tracking the number of illegal immigrants in Texas county jails;
Passed an omnibus gang bill providing even more tools for law enforcement to be able to infiltrate and break up the transnational gangs; and
Protected a Texas law that prevents any public agency, taxing jurisdiction or economic development corporation from receiving public subsidies if they have been found to have hired undocumented workers.
Also known as "America's Toughest Sheriff," Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been elected five times as Maricopa County Sheriff in Arizona, serving in the post for 20 years, and is respected for his successful efforts to fight crime, combat illegal immigration and raise awareness of the federal government's ongoing failure to secure the border. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1953, and as a police officer in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas for five years. He then joined the Bureau of Narcotics, eventually renamed the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) where he became one of the very first federal agents sent overseas to help dismantle the international heroin conspiracy operating in Turkey and throughout the Middle East. Sheriff Arpaio was a regional director for the DEA for Mexico and South America and was head of the DEA for Texas and Arizona.
Mike seems to be suggesting that we send the Yankees to defend the border.
Wonder what will happen if Palin supports Perry or becomes his running mate?
This might be important but this is the only place where I see a news report on it. I don’t think this is actually as big as some here thing. The regular American people probably could care less. Will Republicans really care? i don’t know. This guy has not been able to increase his support after doing many many things so who knows.
It happens on every thread. You should see the NASTY things Perry supporters say about Cain. It is disgusting.
Don't lecture me. I was deeply involved with lobbying on both the Voter ID bill and Burt Solomon's sanctuary cities ban. Perry gets props for scheduling the session, but as soon as his backers Bob Perry and Charles Butt (of H-E-B) came out against it, Perry did not say another word about it, and the bill died.
I second that...
Perry supported AZ’s right to pass the legislation but said that there were some things in that bill that were not right for Texas. From what I’ve read his main beef with the law as written was that it opened up the local law enforcement officers up for civil lawsuits.
Gives him credibility in the immigration area, IMHO. This was one of my main obstacles to voting for Perry. Hmmm.
Actually, there are still a few sane FReepers that have moved to Perry because of the poor character they now see in Cain. They are also not blind to the fact, Newt has never been a conservative. There still remains FReepers with brains who have a thinking process. They do not blinding worship individuals who they support.
Why not think of it as Rick Perry reaching out to the one issue voters to let them know he’s serious about the border.
No, you’re wrong. The liberal, Soros-funded, Texas Tribune said that Perry “twisted arms” in the Senate to get the Bill passed. Also, it went down to the last minute in the 120 day Regular Session and then the Governor added it to the call for the 30 day Special Session.
The Governor hosted the wife of a slain Houston police officer, and made several attempts to pressure the Speaker to move the Bill in the House.
At the last minute in the Special Session, some other, very Conservative leaders like Steve Hotze and Norm Adams came out against the Bill for reasons of their own.
Here’s the June 24 letter from “Norman Adams, the co-founder of Texans for Sensible Immigration Policy and a member of Texas GOP Vote, a conservative website, and Dr. Steve Hotze, the chairman of Conservative Republicans of Texas” concerning the Bill:
good going Perry!
I am currently without a candidate since Cain imploded, I will have to mull this over, but if Perry actually showed some life in the polls.... I think I would prefer him over Newt.
Then they will hate Palin. There have been trolls here since this sites first days, like all other sites. Perry is Pro gun, Pro life, A Christian, Has a workable solution to the immigration problem. And no accusations of sexual trysts in his past. You can figure out the sort of people who hate the guy, right?
Perry's wife can hang up this portrait in the Blue Room.
Right next to the portrait of Bush playing border patrol for the cameras.
It's the Rove rope a dope, all over again.
Thank you...but he’ll probably come back and scorn you for lecturing him with one small response post. He can dish it out but can’t take it when others respond with seasoned proof otherwise.