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Texas Lt. Governor: We Shut Down the Border Ourselves
breitbart.com ^ | 12/7/13 | Brandon Darby

Posted on 12/07/2013 3:18:06 PM PST by cotton1706

Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst announced a Texas-led three-week effort that he says reduced illegal immigration, smuggling, and human trafficking to a standstill in the Rio Grande River section of the U.S./Mexico border.

The Lt. Governor spoke with me in an interview for Breitbart News; he stated: “In the Rio Grande Valley sector, nearly nothing moved in those three weeks. We shut it down. We had teams of Texas law enforcement in the brush, high altitude aircraft, gun boats, and more," he explained. “Our intel revealed that the Gulf cartel was growing frustrated with our three-week effort.”

“The border issue is just about dollars and cents,” Dewhurst said. “This proves Texas can do the job the federal government has refused to do — to invest in the border and shut it down from illegal activities that are hurting Texans and other Americans.” He added: "Texas will protect our own citizens and other Americans from the criminal gangs that are destabilizing our state and our nation.”

The plan, according to Dewhurst, was to do a three-week operation with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) as the tip of the spear. He said the effort cost approximately $5 million each month. “We are fixing to appropriate more money,” he said. The Lt. Governor is seeking an additional $60 million to be approved by the State Legislative Budget Board.

Dewhurst stated, “We started appropriating money to plug the holes that exist in the border. We’ve allocated hundreds of millions, as a state, since 2008.” He added: “Nearly 796 million of state money, not a dime federal, has been allocated by the State of Texas to plug the holes in our border. This covers things like over-time for Sheriffs’ deputies, equipment, and Texas Rangers SWAT teams.”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Mexico; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; elections; illegalimmigration; illegals; immigration; smuggling
"whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within." - Declaration of Independence
1 posted on 12/07/2013 3:18:06 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
It has ALWAYS been that way ... let the states free to patrol THEIR OWN border.

I never understood why border states waited for the fed to do ANYthing.

2 posted on 12/07/2013 3:24:51 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: cotton1706
The Bandit wars helped to bring more recognition to the Texas Ranger.

A State has always had the authority to defend invasion. But, most .gov care not about the lives of their citizens.

3 posted on 12/07/2013 3:25:17 PM PST by Theoria (Obama lied. My health care died.)
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To: cotton1706

Talkin tough now he is in the most contested primary of the party.


4 posted on 12/07/2013 3:25:41 PM PST by CPT Clay (Follow me on Twitter @Clay N TX)
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To: cotton1706

The Federal government is not enforcing the laws and not doing its job. This is an impeachable offense for all of those involved.

Regarding the Texas border initiative. I doubt it was effective as claimed, but I think it is still worth the extra 5 million dollars/month to increase border security. 60 million dollars/ year compared to the rest of the Texas budget is a fairly small amount, especially when you consider that public safety is the first duty of any government at any level.


5 posted on 12/07/2013 3:26:04 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededicaton to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution...)
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To: CPT Clay

The safety of these officials is probly an important consideration at this point.


6 posted on 12/07/2013 3:29:58 PM PST by Therapsid (t)
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To: HiJinx

Arizona Governor Brewer needs to take note.


7 posted on 12/07/2013 3:30:43 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: CPT Clay

I am not buying this.

There is no indication of it around here. invasion describes it better.


8 posted on 12/07/2013 3:33:46 PM PST by stanne
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To: cotton1706

Maybe California will step up to the plate and defend its border /sarc


9 posted on 12/07/2013 3:37:59 PM PST by jcon40
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To: SandRat

Holder will bring fed action against them for some trumped up reason.


10 posted on 12/07/2013 3:38:29 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: cotton1706

They did not shut down the border. This RINO is trying to sound conservative is all.


11 posted on 12/07/2013 3:39:25 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: knarf

3 whole weeks in one area

not wow


12 posted on 12/07/2013 3:39:57 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: cotton1706

This is the guy Sen Cruz beat in the Senate primary. he is Perry’s LtG and a huge Bushy, if I am not mistaken.

He is full of it, here.

He Should shut down the border and should have a long time ago, which is why he should actually leave the public arena.

but this is just like Cornyn advertising himself as a “conservative” after defying Cruz all along and during the ‘defund Obamacare’ Campaign, before which Cornyn would not answer any of his phones, the day of the vote which spurred the filibuster.

These guys are talking, that’s all.


13 posted on 12/07/2013 3:45:09 PM PST by stanne
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To: Theoria
One of the things that brought about the formation of the Rangers was the constant threat from the Comanches. In the beginning, the Rangers were getting thumped. They decided that if they were going to have a chance at fighting the Comanches, they had to train like them. That, plus the introduction of the six shot revolver, began to work. Then the Civil War came, and the Rangers were not available to fight the Comanches. After the Civil War, the United States Army took up the task and the Comanches were defeated.

If a man was Ranger tough, he was Comanche tough. Definitely NOT a man to mess with!

14 posted on 12/07/2013 3:45:49 PM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: knarf
... let the states free to patrol THEIR OWN border.

Totally agree. But, people in OK to KY and NY, are being protected by the efforts of Texas and the other border states. So Texas, and those other border states, should not have to bear 100% of the financial burden for protecting the rest of the country,.

15 posted on 12/07/2013 3:47:18 PM PST by LibFreeUSA
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To: cotton1706

Texas has been working on this for a good number of years and it probably did work as he said.


16 posted on 12/07/2013 3:51:07 PM PST by buffaloguy
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To: buffaloguy

Is that why there is a turnover of culture to Mexican in texas, and a push for everyone to speak spanish?


17 posted on 12/07/2013 3:54:06 PM PST by stanne
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To: Enterprise; Theoria

The Texas Rangers number 144 commissioned officers, one forensic artist, one fiscal analyst and 24 civilian support personnel, for the entire, large state of Texas.


18 posted on 12/07/2013 4:06:50 PM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: LibFreeUSA
Why not?

We're united, not the same.

Detroit makes cars,(welll .. they USE'TA .. ),Kansas makes corn, California grows oranges, etc.

I think border patrol should be part of a state budget.

19 posted on 12/07/2013 4:31:36 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: cotton1706

The action costs $5 million a month.

How much does it ‘save’ in benefits illegals would receive, if they managed to cross? Probably much more than $5 million a month.

GW Bush, McCain, Romney, Obama — all said it couldn’t be done.

All it took was the will to do it.


20 posted on 12/07/2013 4:33:07 PM PST by TomGuy (.)
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To: cotton1706

Wow. Someone putting sheriffs and swat where they belong enforcing the law instead of watching their fellow Americans and shooting their dogs. Refreshing.


21 posted on 12/07/2013 4:36:48 PM PST by ez (Muslims do not play well with others.)
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To: stanne

He’s such a huge “Bushy” that I refer to him as the fifth Bush brother-George, Jeb, Marvin, Neil and David (Dewhurst).


22 posted on 12/07/2013 4:40:46 PM PST by GeorgeTex (Obama-The Ultimate Terrorist Weapon.)
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To: cotton1706

Don’t be fooled. This is the same RINO clown that Cruz took down to become our Texas Senator. He is just doing this because he is up for reelection for Lt. Governor in 2014.


23 posted on 12/07/2013 4:52:22 PM PST by BradtotheBone (Moderate Democrat - A politician whose voting record leans left and whose vote can be bought.)
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To: BradtotheBone

So how much would it cost to keep the Feds out of Texas? Curius minds want to know.


24 posted on 12/07/2013 5:14:19 PM PST by oldasrocks (They should lock all of you up and only let out us properly medicated people.)
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To: ez
This is less of a Sheriff issue, and more of a state defense issue. If Texas really wanted to get serious, call out the militia.

Put together volunteer rotations by counties, and start building "men" again. Use the Guard to train them up. Build camaraderie, unity, and keep the costs way down.

And yes, there would be a capable state-wide militia within three years. Nobody would screw with Texas, you roll back liberal thinking due to the positive outcomes (men standing up in the communities with rifles), and it'd be an example for the rest of the union.

The left would lose their shiite.

25 posted on 12/07/2013 6:19:36 PM PST by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Racism, of course.

Holder knows it's against the law to surpress "visitors" from South of the Border who want nothing but to escape poverty, drugs, violence and bad healthcare, in which we are so rich.

That some of us simply refuse to share (as in "spread the wealth around") with others less fortunate than ourselves and to refuse to let others come into the U.S. to do precisely this, is proof of hate of darker skinned people, aka "racism."

26 posted on 12/07/2013 6:22:01 PM PST by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: cotton1706

What does david dewdrop have to do with this? Isn’t Perry still Governor?

dewdrop is just hamming it up to curry favor to run for something else.

It is great though that Texas takes matters into their own hands.


27 posted on 12/07/2013 6:34:16 PM PST by Sequoyah101
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To: stanne

I said it is great something is being done but I haven’t seen any results either.

One of the clods nearly ran over me on BW8. If I’d had a big truck I’d have knocked the sob off the bridge.


28 posted on 12/07/2013 6:35:54 PM PST by Sequoyah101
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To: knarf
Kansas makes corn

Nebraska makes corn, Kansas makes Sunflowers.

29 posted on 12/08/2013 8:53:21 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: cotton1706

Has Odumbo and Holder sued the state of TX yet like they do to us over here in AZ routinely?


30 posted on 12/08/2013 12:29:21 PM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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