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Perry Announces Details Of Texas National Guard Border Deployment
Conservative HQ ^ | 7/22/2014 | CHQ Staff

Posted on 07/22/2014 6:23:14 AM PDT by xzins

On July 3, 2014, Texas Governor Rick Perry told Members of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security that urgent federal action was required to stem the humanitarian and national security crises unfolding along the Texas-Mexico border.

After almost three weeks of inaction by the Obama administration, yesterday, Gov. Perry directed Texas Adjutant General John Nichols to immediately begin preparations for the deployment of up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S. – Mexico border. These troops will support the Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) ongoing law enforcement surge, Operation Strong Safety, which is focused on combatting criminal activity in the region resulting from the federal government’s failure to adequately secure the border.

In his testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security Perry said that, “The rapid influx of illegal immigrants has strained border resources that were already insufficient to the task at hand. Officials who should be guarding the border are dealing with the overflow instead of fulfilling their primary tasks.

“As a result, the border between the U.S. and Mexico is less secure today than at any time in the recent past, which is why we ordered the new surge.

“We know that drug cartels and transnational gangs are already seeking to take advantage of the situation, attempting to circumvent security and spread pain and suffering on both sides of the border through their criminal activities.

“We're also in danger at the hands of those who might be slipping through from countries with known terrorist ties. With a range of potential threats facing us from abroad, this is not the time to turn our attention elsewhere.”

Since 2008, more than 203,000 criminal aliens have been booked into Texas county jails. Over the course of their criminal careers, these individuals have committed more than 640,000 crimes in the state of Texas alone, including more than 3,000 homicides and nearly 8,000 sexual assaults.

“There can be no national security without border security, and Texans have paid too high a price for the federal government’s failure to secure our border,” Gov. Perry said. “The action I am ordering today will tackle this crisis head-on by multiplying our efforts to combat the cartel activity, human traffickers and individual criminals who threaten the safety of people across Texas and America.”

This deployment builds upon Operation Strong Safety by providing additional personnel that will work seamlessly and side by side with law enforcement officials. It also builds on the National Guard’s existing border presence, which has been utilizing air assets to patrol the region looking for illegal activity.

Texas has already seen results from Operation Strong Safety – from week 1 to week 3 of operations, apprehensions of illegal immigrants have dropped by 36 percent, from more than 6,600 per week to 4,200 per week in the area of operation.

Perry’s office has said the Guard will largely play a role of “deter and refer” – deter border crime by their visible presence along the border and refer illegal acts, including border crossings, to law enforcement. They don’t plan to apprehend illegal immigrants, though, technically, they could, said Texas Adjutant General John Nichols.

The Texas Guard will also assist with humanitarian needs of migrants who may approach them and ask to be taken to a Border Patrol station. The Guard will be equipped with water, most will have lifesaving skills, and they will call immediately for medical help.

Two weeks ago, Gov. Perry met with President Barack Obama to discuss the ongoing humanitarian and national security crises occurring along the Texas-Mexico border. At this meeting, the governor reiterated his request for the president to activate 1,000 Title 32 National Guard troops to temporarily support border security operations until 3,000 additional Border Patrol personnel can be trained and deployed. Unlike the governor’s activation which will be paid for by Texas taxpayer dollars, a Title 32 activation would have provided additional, federally funded personnel to be used at the state’s discretion.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; cronyism; heartless; illegal; nationalguard; perry; perry4dreamers; texas
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1 posted on 07/22/2014 6:23:15 AM PDT by xzins
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Perry’s office has said the Guard will largely play a role of “deter and refer” – deter border crime by their visible presence along the border and refer illegal acts, including border crossings, to law enforcement. They don’t plan to apprehend illegal immigrants, though, technically, they could, said Texas Adjutant General John Nichols.
2 posted on 07/22/2014 6:23:40 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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The Constitution suggests that the National Guard when repelling an invasion can even use lethal force.


3 posted on 07/22/2014 6:24:27 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

Why don’t some other states pitch in. Come on Gov Fallon, that is one tax I wouldn’t mind paying.


4 posted on 07/22/2014 6:25:13 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: xzins

will it be a border patrol force or another “Toys for Tots”, babysitting and diaper-changing mission?


5 posted on 07/22/2014 6:25:49 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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CORRECTION: I think the Constitution actually says ‘militia’. Don’t want to fall into the mistake of equating the militia and the NG. However, Texans of the appropriate age who are in the Texas NG would also be members of the militia.


6 posted on 07/22/2014 6:26:14 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

Alamo II


7 posted on 07/22/2014 6:26:24 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: xzins

“Perry’s office has said the Guard will largely play a role of “deter and refer”

What a cop-out. Remember this if La Raza Rick runs...and if we still have a country at that point.


8 posted on 07/22/2014 6:26:28 AM PDT by Politicalkiddo (You cannot protect a child from child abuse by aborting it. Abortion *is* child abuse.)
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To: Politicalkiddo

You’re being way too hard on the only governor who has tried to do anything at all. The NG isn’t referring only to the BORDER PATROL, if you will notice. They are referring to the Texas security forces. That would mean referral includes checking before referral. They’ll be able to weed out criminal records.


9 posted on 07/22/2014 6:28:53 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins
Perry’s office has said the Guard will largely play a role of “deter and refer” – deter border crime by their visible presence along the border and refer illegal acts, including border crossings, to law enforcement. They don’t plan to apprehend illegal immigrants, though, technically, they could, said Texas Adjutant General John Nichols.

Just as I thought.

Another empty, symbolic PR stunt by Perry.

The man is worthless where Illegal Immigration is concerned, but he sure wants you to think he is doing something, when he isn't.
10 posted on 07/22/2014 6:31:13 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: xzins

I’ll give him credit for actually taking some action, yes, but what good will this do? Weeding out criminals won’t stop the invasion. Plus, his history of pro-amnesty makes me wary of his intentions. My criticism comes out of frustration.


11 posted on 07/22/2014 6:32:02 AM PDT by Politicalkiddo (You cannot protect a child from child abuse by aborting it. Abortion *is* child abuse.)
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To: Politicalkiddo

How about telling us what your Gov has done?

I’m waiting.............


12 posted on 07/22/2014 6:32:38 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Needs to be San Jacinto II.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

13 posted on 07/22/2014 6:33:30 AM PDT by wku man (Veterans, it's up to us to save the Republic...let's roll.)
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To: xzins

Good first step, but Perry needs to do more in terms of enforcement.

Lets hope Presidential ambitions aren’t clouding his judgement.


14 posted on 07/22/2014 6:35:38 AM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: SoConPubbie

I’m gonna disagree with you, socon. We rarely do. But the ‘deter and refer’ isn’t just to Border Patrol. It’s also to Texas Security/Rangers/etc., so the refer part will come with weeding out the criminals. This is a good thing, and Perry should get credit for it.

In addition, his state will pay close to a fifth of a billion per year for every 1000 troops they deploy. They no small amount to come unplanned out of any state’s budget...even one of the largest.

I think Perry deserves credit.


15 posted on 07/22/2014 6:38:08 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Politicalkiddo

Our southern border is Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California...right?

Haven’t heard that the others are doing anything, have you?


16 posted on 07/22/2014 6:41:36 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins
In addition, his state will pay close to a fifth of a billion per year for every 1000 troops they deploy. They no small amount to come unplanned out of any state’s budget...even one of the largest.

I think Perry deserves credit.


Very little credit xzins.

While he is spending that billion per year for every 1000 troops, they could just as easily completely stop illegal immigration. And this defines Rick "Open Borders" Perry.

He NEVER really does anything, or supports anything that would stop Illegal Immigration, even when it is in his power to do it, whether it is supporting e-Verify, a Border Fence, AZ1070, or now, in the midst of this crisis, using the National Guard to actually stop the flow of Illegal Immigrants into Texas.

These are not the actions of a leader, but someone that wants to create an impression that he is strong on an issue, when he really isn't.

Those who do not have a criminal record will now be allowed to stay and further burden our county and they will eventually be criminals themselves when they perform the usual ID fraud that they all do.

Or, they will simply swell the ranks of Democrat voters who will be granted Amnesty.

Stopping those with a pre-existing Criminal Record should not be the focus. Stopping all Illegal Aliens should be. I'll not take part of his P.R. game when he knows he should do the right thing and refuses to do it.

17 posted on 07/22/2014 6:45:06 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: xzins
Unless the Guardsmen are fully armed and authorized to defend themselves, then this is a meaningless gesture, similar to Bush's 2006 deployment, which was a complete farce.

I have a buddy who went down as part of that force, and spent half his time poolside at the Tucson Doubletree, and the other half in some Mexican town across the border picking up senoritas bonitas.

18 posted on 07/22/2014 6:47:50 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: SoConPubbie

See #16

In addition to the money, I also think it’s significant that they’re getting to filter criminals out.


19 posted on 07/22/2014 6:48:32 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins
In addition to the money, I also think it’s significant that they’re getting to filter criminals out.

It's not enough, especially when they could be stopping ALL Illegal Aliens.

He doesn't actually want to stop Illegal Immigration, just look like he is really strong, but compassionate on the issue, which he isn't.
20 posted on 07/22/2014 6:50:00 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie; All
He NEVER really does anything, or supports anything that would stop Illegal Immigration, even when it is in his power to do it, whether it is supporting e-Verify, a Border Fence, AZ1070, or now, in the midst of this crisis, using the National Guard to actually stop the flow of Illegal Immigrants into Texas.

These are not the actions of a leader, but someone that wants to create an impression that he is strong on an issue, when he really isn't.

Those who do not have a criminal record will now be allowed to stay and further burden our county and they will eventually be criminals themselves when they perform the usual ID fraud that they all do.

Or, they will simply swell the ranks of Democrat voters who will be granted Amnesty.

Stopping those with a pre-existing Criminal Record should not be the focus. Stopping all Illegal Aliens should be. I'll not take part of his P.R. game when he knows he should do the right thing and refuses to do it.

THIS.

21 posted on 07/22/2014 6:50:12 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: wku man

We need the Duke!!!!


22 posted on 07/22/2014 6:50:31 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: xzins

Doing something is always better than doing nothing.

“Period”


23 posted on 07/22/2014 6:53:05 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: SoConPubbie

I agree with you. Let’s just set on our big butts and do nothing. That is a sure way to control the illegals. Yep!


24 posted on 07/22/2014 6:57:08 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek
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To: SoConPubbie

What have the governors of Arizona, California, and New Mexico done...don’t they want to look good, too?


25 posted on 07/22/2014 7:03:40 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Why don't some other states pitch in?

I think particularly of Susan Martinez, the gov of NM. Occasionally there are cheerleaders on this site for her as VP. If she were a real conservative instead of being in on the migrant hordes taking over the SW US, she'd have the National Guard protecting her state.

26 posted on 07/22/2014 7:04:03 AM PDT by grania
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To: xzins
Govs Susana Martinez (NM) and Jan Brewer (AZ) ought to follow suit, leaving California as the only remaining unguarded entry point.

That A) puts political and economic pressure on California to do something; and B) highlights through concentration the endgame of the Obama regime through its kinship with the California consensus political worldview.

27 posted on 07/22/2014 7:15:30 AM PDT by Lexinom
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To: xzins
The Guard needs to treat the invaders like the invaders they are. They should impound them in segregated POW camps and hold them until the war is over. The ones running drug operations, shooting, or armed should be dealt with using live ammo and confiscation or destruction of their equipment just like you would any other hostile combatant.

In 30 days the border would be quiet again.

28 posted on 07/22/2014 7:17:21 AM PDT by Gritty (Obama's governing as president of a Latin American republic, where only the president matters-MSteyn)
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To: grania

I’m a Martinez fan and hope she will see fit to take some action on this issue. Her state is, after all, New Mexico, and I’m sure as a Mexican American who has worked hard and realized the American dream she wants to retain that key distinction from old Mexico.


29 posted on 07/22/2014 7:18:14 AM PDT by Lexinom
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I have driven on the dirt road along New Mexico’s border with Mexico. There was nothing but a rusty barbed wire fence that was falling down. It would not have kept a cow inside. Not a border patrol in sight .............

I don’t hear anyone bashing the NM gov.


30 posted on 07/22/2014 7:18:21 AM PDT by Ditter
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Hurrah for Texas; and a major hole plugging for USA.


31 posted on 07/22/2014 7:23:52 AM PDT by veracious
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To: Politicalkiddo

FOX Radio News this morning said that the Texas Guard was going to give the “migrants” food and water, and then turn them over to the Border Patrol.

Since these “migrants” are already turning themselves over to the Border Patrol on their own, isn’t the Texas National Guard going to be just a middle man?

FOX said the National Guard wasn’t going to force them back into Mexico. I wish they would....sorry if I’m sounding “heartless,” Gov. Perry.


32 posted on 07/22/2014 7:27:01 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (I don't want to feel "safe." I want to feel FREE!)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation
Since these “migrants” are already turning themselves over to the Border Patrol on
their own, isn’t the Texas National Guard going to be just a middle man?

************

The border situation is a multifaceted problem. Illegals and drugs are two of the
largest, imo. From some reports I've read I believe the guard is going to be used
to some extent in drug interdiction. Just my read and I may well be incorrect.

33 posted on 07/22/2014 7:36:32 AM PDT by deport
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To: xzins

This is SOP. Back in the day when the NG helped with drug interdiction programs they were not empowered to arrest, only to spot and report. They were armed to protect themselves, but they can be called by an LEO for backup and then take part in arrests. If they embed an LEO with them (like we did) then they can detain and arrest.


34 posted on 07/22/2014 7:37:37 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: xzins
What have the governors of Arizona, California, and New Mexico done...don’t they want to look good, too?

Not part of this argument xzins. I don't care what they have done or not done.

I am not interested in half-measures by someone running for POTUS who has a history of being "Open-Borders". I will not be used like this. I would have had more respect for Perry if he had actually decided to APPREHEND ALL Illegals and simply return them to the Border station.

But he does not want to do anything like that because either he is too afraid of how that might look to some voters, or, he is simply Rick "Open Borders" Perry as his past actions and words on this subject prove: or both.
35 posted on 07/22/2014 7:39:09 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: xzins
The Constitution suggests that the National Guard when repelling an invasion can even use lethal force.

Yeah, that will never happen. Mexico runs America's border and the Guard or any Texas law enforcement use rubber bullets and they will probably yell "Go Back". Lost faith in America.

36 posted on 07/22/2014 7:50:17 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

>> FOX said the National Guard wasn’t going to force them back into Mexico. I wish they would....sorry if I’m sounding “heartless,” Gov. Perry.<<

Sounds like he’s just wasting Texas’ money.


37 posted on 07/22/2014 7:53:59 AM PDT by Lil Flower (American by birth. Southern by the Grace of God! ROLL TIDE!!)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Why don’t some other states pitch in. Come on Gov Fallon, that is one tax I wouldn’t mind paying.

This is where we separate the leaders from do-nothings. All border Governors should follow Governor Perry's lead and lock down the damn border.

I know, it's all about dollars but they must have an air-tight case to sue the Feds for reimbursement. Though admittedly, I'm not a lawyer so could be wrong which wouldn't change my opinion that it needs to be done, as a show of solidarity against Obama.

38 posted on 07/22/2014 7:54:02 AM PDT by Kenny
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To: SoConPubbie; P-Marlowe

I’m thinking back to the last presidential campaign, and I was a Perry supporter along the way. I think I became at one point in time a supporter of just about every candidate who was opposing Romney. (Except Johnson and some other yahoo I don’t remember....they never really counted anyway.)

Perry DID make ‘dream act’ comments, but I never heard open border comments from him, or I wouldn’t have supported him....that’s one of the things I flamed GW Bush on.

I know that many see ‘dream act’ concessions as being full-blown amnesty, and I see that argument, and I see that letting a kid have his foot in the door eventually gets his whole family in the door.

However:

1. Many of us didn’t really start figuring out our own positions on amnesty until GW Bush hit us with it along about 2005 wasn’t it?

2. Many of us didn’t know that the Chamber of Commerce was playing silent propaganda partner at the time and clandestinely skewing the conversation against controlling the borders...or doing anything at all.

So, I’m cutting Perry a break IF his future actions prove he means it. I said that once about Romney in 2008, I believe, when he claimed to be pro-life, pro-family, etc. He immediately went off the wagon with pro-gay and pro-choice comments, so I wrote him off.

Perry gets another chance. (So does Rubio.) I want them on the conservative side. Other than this issue, they are pro-life, pro-God, pro-family, pro-gun, pro-small government, pro-middle class jobs, pro-entrepreneurial conservatives. I’d like to find a way to keep them and not lose them.


39 posted on 07/22/2014 7:55:10 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: SoConPubbie
He NEVER really does anything, or supports anything that would stop Illegal Immigration, even when it is in his power to do it,

He's doing 100% more than ANYONE else.

40 posted on 07/22/2014 7:56:25 AM PDT by Kenny
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Chuck Norris, too.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

41 posted on 07/22/2014 7:59:12 AM PDT by wku man (Veterans, it's up to us to save the Republic...let's roll.)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation
"...sorry if I’m sounding “heartless,” Gov. Perry."

Don't apologize. Being big hearted is what got us into this mess. Maintaining freedom and a free Republic calls for us to be hard hearted a lot of the time. Too bad we forgot that in the '60s.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

42 posted on 07/22/2014 8:01:29 AM PDT by wku man (Veterans, it's up to us to save the Republic...let's roll.)
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To: xzins

Other states that are being violated by Obama’s illegals should do their part, and send in troops to help Perry. New Mexico and Arizona should join the fight. States should stand together against Obama’s assaults.


43 posted on 07/22/2014 8:09:36 AM PDT by pallis
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To: wku man

I meant to place a “sarc” tag after my “heartless” comment.


44 posted on 07/22/2014 8:17:14 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (I don't want to feel "safe." I want to feel FREE!)
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To: pallis

I agree. If New Mexico and Arizona called up an equivalent number of National Guard (based on the population/budget of their states), then it would be a strong showing for border security. And if other states receiving these dumped off illegals would send troops to supplement Texas/Az/NM, then it would really look bad for the obama.


45 posted on 07/22/2014 8:18:41 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

Exactly. Exactly as I suspected... window dressing and more of it.


46 posted on 07/22/2014 8:19:47 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: xzins

Need New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona’s three Republican governors to put troops on the border. Get all the illegals going to California where they are welcome.


47 posted on 07/22/2014 8:28:51 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: silverleaf
will it be a border patrol force or another “Toys for Tots”, babysitting and diaper-changing mission?

1st Longhorn Butt-wiper Brigade (TAC - FWD)

Perry's shooting blanks here, IMO.

48 posted on 07/22/2014 8:35:49 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: xzins; P-Marlowe; Kenny
Perry DID make ‘dream act’ comments, but I never heard open border comments from him, or I wouldn’t have supported him....that’s one of the things I flamed GW Bush on.

Xzins,

This is a properly sourced set of quotes and actions on the part of Rick Perry that should prove to you the "Open-Borders"/Amnesty nature of Rick Perry. Please beware, I have not updated the list since 2010.

Here's a properly sourced post. You can definitely feel the pull of a homebuilder being Perry's biggest backer:

July, 2001 - Address to the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce, regarding DREAM Act, Rewarding Illegal Immigrants
http://governor.state.tx.us/news/speech/10672/
Higher education should be open to all, not just an elite few. It must be responsive to the needs of our growing and changing population, and it must continue to push the envelope of excellence and innovation.

That growing and changing population includes children of undocumented workers, young boys and girls that we serve in our public schools because it is the right thing to do.

I believe it is time they get the same treatment in our colleges and universities. I signed House Bill 1403 so that young Texans who graduated from our public schools, regardless of their immigration status, will be able to pay in-state tuition and take part in the Texas Dream.

We want bright, new Texans to stay here, and contribute great things to our future.

We also want to ensure Texans of all backgrounds participate in graduate and professional degree programs. A new law I signed will ensure that graduate schools give weight to socio-economic conditions of applicants seeking entry into their schools, not just test scores. That is good public policy that will make a difference for Texans from all walks of life.


August, 2001, on Mexican Trucks, Bi-National Health Insurance, Open Borders, DREAM Act
http://governor.state.tx.us/news/speech/10688/
The fruits of NAFTA have just begun to ripen. At the same time, we must not allow the roots of the tree to become poisoned. The NAFTA agreement not only signaled a new era of economic possibility, but a new era of bi-national cooperation. That is why it is wrong, and inherently detrimental to our relationship with Mexico for the U.S. Congress to pursue a protectionist policy that forbids Mexican trucks from U.S. roadways. It is bad public policy, and it violates the terms of the NAFTA agreement we agreed to. Mexican trucks that meet our safety standards should be given the same access to U.S. roads as our Canadian neighbors to the north.

Legislation authored by border legislators Pat Haggerty and Eddie Lucio establishes an important study that will look at the feasibility of bi-national health insurance. This study recognizes that the Mexican and U.S. sides of the border compose one region, and we must address health care problems throughout that region. That’s why I am also excited that Texas Secretary of State Henry Cuellar is working on an initiative that could extend the benefits of telemedicine to individuals living on the Mexican side of the border.

As a compassionate state, we know that for our children to succeed, they must not only be healthy, but educated. The future leaders of our two nations are learning their fractions and their ABC’s in classrooms all along this border. Immigrants from around the world are being taught in Texas classrooms, and our history is rich with examples of new citizens who have made great contributions. We must say to every Texas child learning in a Texas classroom, “we don’t care where you come from, but where you are going, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get there.” And that vision must include the children of undocumented workers. That’s why Texas took the national lead in allowing such deserving young minds to attend a Texas college at a resident rate. Those young minds are a part of a new generation of leaders, the doors of higher education must be open to them. The message is simple: educacion es el futuro, y si se puede.

We also know that poverty is not unique to either side of the border. Some of Texas’ poorest citizens live in colonias all along the border. They often lack basic infrastructure many of us take for granted. Just today, the North American Development Bank announced it will provide $6.3 million in funding to hook up colonia residents in six border cities to water and wastewater lines. More than 18,000 residents will benefit from these water or wastewater hookups. And this November, by approving Proposition 2, Texas voters can ensure that their neighbors in colonias have quality roads so that school buses, emergency vehicles and postal trucks can reach residents, and residents can get to a job or a school reliably.

President Fox’s vision for an open border is a vision I embrace, as long as we demonstrate the will to address the obstacles to it. An open border means poverty has given way to opportunity, and Mexico’s citizens do not feel compelled to cross the border to find that opportunity. It means we have addressed pollution concerns, made substantial progress in stopping the spread of disease, and rid our crossings of illicit drug smuggling activity. Clearly we have a long way to go in addressing those issues. At the same time we must continue to deepen our economic ties, expanding opportunities for Mexican and U.S. companies to do business on both sides of the border. The outlook is promising, even if the road to prosperity is a long one. We share a bond as neighbors, and we find our culture north of the Rio Grande to be increasingly defined by the strong traits of people of Hispanic descent. Texas has long enjoyed a unique identity, an identity forged by an independent spirit, and the convergence of many different peoples. We must welcome change in the 21st Century as we have in every century before it.

Today, as we look to the south, we see a rising sun. It is perched above a people whose best days are in front of them. Let us endeavor to make the most of this new day through a new dialogue. Let us work together to combat disease, expand trade and provide educational opportunities. If we do, there are no limits to what we can accomplish for the betterment of all of our citizens. Thank you, and God bless you.


June, 2002, Addressing LULAC
http://governor.state.tx.us/news/speech/10785/
John Hernandez, it’s good to see you as well… and it’s good to once again be in the company of men and women who do so much for our state – Texans who build local businesses and create new jobs…who do important work in our communities…who know the importance of strong families and vibrant neighborhoods…the proud, talented and dedicated members of the League of United Latin American Citizens.

Ever since the founders of this organization first gathered in Corpus Christi 73 years ago, LULAC has been a force for greater empowerment, compassionate citizenship and social progress.

I want to commend our honorees this evening who have upheld the tradition of LULAC through a devotion to service. Actions speak louder than words, and your actions for Texas have spoken volumes.

With the political season upon us, some have asked me whether I would be willing to debate my opponent in Spanish. But I believe Spanish is too beautiful a language for Texans to suffer through an hour of me speaking it. I’m still working through “ser y estar.”


July, 2002, Support of No Child Left Behind
http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/4392/
Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige announced today that Texas’ No Child Left Behind implementation plan has received federal approval. The approval clears the way for almost $400 million in new federal funding, moving the governor’s education plan a step closer to the classroom.

“Texas was a model for President Bush’s No Child Left Behind legislation, and we continue to lead the nation in innovative solutions to improve our schools,” Perry said. “The U.S. Department of Education’s stamp of approval means we can move forward with our plan to improve early childhood education, dropout prevention, teaching excellence, science education and our schools’ use of technology.”


November, 2003 on a border wall and guest workers
http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/5015/
The long-term answer to the immigration challenges that confront us is not the building of structural barriers to keep people out, but the removal of economic barriers that keep people from experiencing opportunity and prosperity. When we allow for the free flow of commerce, energy and ideas, jobs and opportunity are created on both sides of our shared border.

Let me say something about the migrant workers who cross our border to work: They provide a real value to our economy and Texas benefits from the contributions they make. I will support reforms to our guest worker laws that allow migrant workers to contribute to our economy so long as the security of our border is in no way compromised.


January, 2004 - Support of guest workers
http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/4310/
“During my visit with President Fox last November, I reaffirmed my support for a guest worker program that balances our two countries’ economic realities along with the need for homeland security. President Bush’s proposal reflects those goals.

June, 2005 - Address to LULAC State Convention
http://governor.state.tx.us/news/speech/10134/
Thank you, Roger (Rocha), for those kind words and for your leadership of a distinguished organization that is continuing to have a profound impact all across this state... ...the League of United Latino American Citizens.

I am always honored to be with men and women who are committed to building a future of unlimited opportunity for every Texan...
...where jobs are abundant...
...where families and communities are strong...
...and where every individual...
...regardless of the neighborhood they come from, or the sound of their last name...
...is empowered to control their own destiny.

Texas has come a long way in the march towards greater opportunity and empowerment in the 76 years since LULAC was founded.


December, 2006 - Speaking out against walled borders, in favor of open borders and guest workers
http://governor.state.tx.us/news/speech/9984/
We have just concluded an election year that was heavy on immigration rhetoric and light on comprehensive solutions. Divisive appeals do nothing to solve problems even if they do score temporary political points. It is time Washington got one of the central messages of this election: when it comes to immigration and border security- get the job done! We cannot wall off the border and solve anything. Strategic fencing in certain urban areas to direct the flow of traffic makes sense, but building a wall across the entire border is a preposterous idea. Imagine the sheriff of Presidio County, Danny Dominguez, and his four or five deputies patrolling 130 miles of a border wall. The only thing a wall would most certainly accomplish is an increase in the ladder making industry.

Washington needs to seek real solutions that protect our economy that take migrant workers out of the shadows by giving then an ID and allowing them to cross freely, and that at the same time recognizes the rule of law and the importance of not rewarding those who break our laws. Our economy is impacted greatly by migrant workers. Let’s create a guest worker program that takes those workers off the black market and that legitimizes their economic contributions without doing the same for their citizenship. I would rather know who it is that crosses our border legally to work, than not know who it is that crosses our border illegally to work. We can have immigration reform that doesn’t compromise our security, and we can have security that doesn’t compromise our economy. That’s my goal, and it is time Washington shared it.


December, 2006, on deporting illegals, supporting guest workers
http://governor.state.tx.us/news/editorial/10326/
But to me neither amnesty nor mass deportation is the answer. The first unfairly rewards those who broke our laws, and the latter is not only unrealistic and unenforceable, but it would devastate our economy. That’s why I support a guest worker program that takes undocumented workers off the black market and legitimizes their economic contributions without providing them citizenship status.

January, 2007 - Oath of Office Address, Guest Workers
http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/2305/
Perry addressed the divisive issue of border security and immigration by quoting the prophet Isaiah: “come now, and let us reason together.” “We are both a nation of laws and immigrants; the former protect us, the latter enrich us,” Perry said. “We must secure the border with manpower, not unmanned walls. We must have a guest-worker program that recognizes the economic contributions of foreign workers and the desperate conditions that bring them here.

February, 2007 - Guest Workers
http://governor.state.tx.us/news/speech/29/
A guest worker program recognizes the contributions of foreign workers and captures their income in our tax system, ensuring they contribute to the public services we provide them. And a guest worker program will help us know who crosses our border legally rather than not knowing who crosses our border illegally. Illegal immigration is a problem felt deeply by Texas, while too often ignored by Washington.

February, 2007 - LULAC Gala, selling State Lottery to fund healthcare for the uninsured
http://governor.state.tx.us/news/speech/5556/
Thank you. I am so honored to be with you, the distinguished membership of a group that fights for equal opportunities and envisions a Texas that is ample in opportunity. It is good to see so many legislators, including several honorees tonight, Senator Zaffirini, Representative Gallego, Representative Noriega and Representative Anchia. They are good and decent Texans. Even though we don’t share a party, I am proud to serve by their side. I am particularly proud of another one of your honorees because he and I spent a year together traveling Texas as he served as my administrative assistant. Now he is the leading voice for the Texas Motor Transportation Association, John Esparza. If only his Red Raiders would stop beating my Aggies the world would be perfect.

It was nearly 80 years ago when a national movement began in Corpus Christi, they called themselves the League of United Latin American Citizens. Today, their vision is alive and well, and you are the living embodiment of it. And while we have a ways to go in tearing down barriers to opportunity, I have never felt better about the future of Texas because this is a state that welcomes all and includes all. And anything is possible in Texas for those who study hard, work hard and aspire to succeed.


One of the best ways to improve our economy is to improve access to health insurance for our workers. We have two million working Texans with a family income below 40,000 who are uninsured. They are just one accident, one bad diagnosis away from financial ruin. I believe we must use our moment of prosperity to ensure their long-term fiscal and physical health. I have proposed the sale of the Texas lottery for one reason and one reason only: to invest in our future. With a conservative estimate of $14 billion from such a sale, we could create a trust fund for the uninsured that would generate close to a quarter billion dollars every year in perpetuity. This is money that could provide premium assistance for private and employer-sponsored policies.

February, 2007 - Sale of State Lottery, to help insure the uninsured
Note: This was proposed in part by Phil Gramm, who wanted his company to help the state sell the lottery, and his company just so happened to have hired Rick Perry's son
http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/2288/
Additionally, $270 million in annual trust fund earnings is proposed to create a premium assistance program for the uninsured. More than 2 million uninsured Texans are below 200 percent of the federal poverty limit. Perry’s proposed “Healthier Texas” program would help individuals purchase health insurance through employer-based programs or private plans.

March, 2007 - Sale of the state lottery to help insure the uninsured
http://governor.state.tx.us/news/speech/9365/
I have also proposed using proceeds from the sale of the lottery to provide insurance to more than a half million working Texans.

August, 2007 - Trip to Mexico City, responding to reporters
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5090944.html
MEXICO CITY — Leading a large delegation of Texas executives trying to drum up business in Mexico, Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday criticized the U.S. Congress for failing to pass an immigration bill that would legalize millions of workers.

"I don't think this is that difficult an issue if Congress would have the maturity to sit down and really discuss it and cut out all the mean rhetoric," Perry said during a break in the third day of meetings with Mexican officials and business executives.

"We need those individuals to continue to grow our economy," he said of Texas' undocumented workers, most of whom hail from Mexico. "The vast, vast majority of those individuals want to come and work and take care of their families."

Perry made the remarks in Mexico City, where immigration is nearly as big a hot-button issue as it is in Washington. He spoke at a press conference shortly before meeting with President Felipe Calderon who, like past Mexican presidents, has lobbied for changes in U.S. immigration law that would include a guest-worker program.

Perry's statements seemed to put him at odds with many in the Republican Party's base who regarded the immigration overhaul bill that collapsed in the Senate in June as nothing more than an amnesty for illegal immigrants.

August, 2007 - Trip to Mexico, response to reporters, anger at wall, need for illegal immigrants
http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/08/28/mexico-texas-idUSN2827524820070828
Perry, in Mexico with a Texan trade mission seeking opportunities in areas like renewable energy, said the federal government's 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 you're here as a criminal element, I'm 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."

Congress failed to pass a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws in June despite heavy lobbying by President George W. Bush.

Following the reform failure, Washington is concentrating on border enforcement -- building a security fence along the Mexican border, deporting undocumented immigrants and trying to prevent companies from hiring illegal migrants.

Perry, a Republican, said it was important to separate immigration from security issues, which Texas has dealt with on its stretch of the Mexican border by deploying more guards.

"We know how to deal with border security, and you don't do it by building a fence," Perry said, ahead of a meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon.


October, 2007 - Perry on a pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, pro-gun control candidate for President of the United States:
http://web.archive.org/web/20080228054735/http://www.joinrudy2008.com/article/missed/908
The time that we’ve spent together, whether it’s been on the phone or it’s been face-to-face, I’ve asked him some tough questions. I’ve looked him in his eye as he answered. I studied his positions. And I will tell you I have been highly impressed with his record. I’ve taken the measure of a man. And I believe that without a doubt or reservation that Rudy Giuliani is the most capable, the most prepared individual of either party to be the next President of the United States. He is the best of a strong field of Republican candidates and I’m proud to proclaim my support of his campaign. So I am proud to introduce to you America’s Mayor, a proven fiscal conservative, a leader who gets things done and the best hope of our nation’s future.

April, 2010 - On Arizona-style legislation to deal with illegal immigrants
http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/14574/
"Recently, there has been much debate over immigration policy in Washington and what has been implemented in Arizona. I fully recognize and support a state's right and obligation to protect its citizens, but I have concerns with portions of the law passed in Arizona and believe it would not be the right direction for Texas.

49 posted on 07/22/2014 8:39:09 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: xzins


Sorry xzins, I understand the approach, but I've been burned too many times by those pretending to be conservatives and mouthing off about how tough they are on border issues on one hand, and then pushing Comprehensive Immigration Reform on the other.

Perry only went half the way (Grade of F) on this issue when he could have just as easily gone all the way (Grade of A).

This was a leadership test and he failed.

No POTUS for him!
50 posted on 07/22/2014 8:42:16 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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