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Perry orders surge of state troopers along Texas-Mexico border

Perry orders surge of state troopers along Texas-Mexico border

POSTED: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 8:36pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 23, 2014 - 2:29pm

Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Speaker Joe Straus today directed the Texas Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) to immediately begin law enforcement surge operations on the Texas-Mexico border to combat the flood of illegal immigration into the state in the absence of adequate federal resources to secure the border. State leaders have authorized DPS to fund border security operations at approximately $1.3 million per week.

“Texas can’t afford to wait for Washington to act on this crisis and we will not sit idly by while the safety and security of our citizens are threatened,” Gov. Perry said. “Until the federal government recognizes the danger it’s putting our citizens in by its inaction to secure the border, Texas law enforcement must do everything they can to keep our citizens and communities safe.”

In a joint letter to DPS Director Steve McCraw, state leaders authorized DPS to conduct law enforcement surge operations using any funds appropriated to the agency. DPS surge operations will continue at least through the end of the calendar year. DPS must periodically report the results of the law enforcement surge to the governor and the legislature.

“The federal government has abdicated its responsibility to secure the border and protect this country from the consequences of illegal immigration, but as Texans we know how to lead in areas where Washington has failed,” Lt. Gov. Dewhurst said. “Last year DPS conducted Operation Strong Safety and achieved astounding results. Crime rates related to drugs, cartels, transnational gangs, and illegal border activity plummeted because of the resources we allocated to stop illegal entry at the border. It’s time to make this type of presence on the border permanent.”

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (USCBP) has apprehended more illegal immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley in the first eight months of the current federal fiscal year (over 160,000) than it did for all of fiscal year 2013 (154,453). In May 2014 alone, USCBP reported apprehending more than 1,100 illegal immigrants per day in the Rio Grande Valley. This year, like last year, more than half of the individuals apprehended at the Texas-Mexico border by USCBP are from countries other than Mexico. Additionally, 34,000 unaccompanied alien children (UAC) have been apprehended in Texas so far this year, with estimates that number will reach 90,000 by the end of the fiscal year. By comparison, 28,352 UAC were apprehended in fiscal year 2013.

“In this current security and humanitarian crisis, the federal government's failure to secure our border is resulting in serious consequences for Texas,” Speaker Straus said. “To immediately address these issues, today I join with Gov. Perry and Lt. Gov. Dewhurst to direct the Texas Department of Public Safety to use the appropriate resources to keep our state safe.”

Previous law enforcement surge operations in the border region, such as Operation Strong Safety in 2013, have proven effective in reducing criminal activity and violence associated with human smuggling and drug trafficking in the border region.

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Is Perry schizophrenic or just a hypocrite? When it comes to healthcare,EPA, and OSHA. That mean old federal government is oppressing poor old Texas. But on immigration the federal government should take charge. Poor little Texas can't stop the flood of illegals. Probably because Republican donors don't want the influx of cheap labor to stop.

Better watch the last Texas governors debate where your governor tea party backed rick illegal immigrant lover perry said that he would veto any legislation that mandated anyone to use the E-Verify system.

So these 3 idiots finally did something right. It is about time. Lt. Governor Dewhirst, what a joke this clown is but he is gone anyway and good ridence. Straus, you sorry ass is hopefully gone January 1, 2015. You appointment of Joe Pickettt as the chairman of the committee that blocked " Open Carry Bill " will never be forgotten by the thousands of legal gun owners in Texas and we will demand you be replaced as speaker. Count on it, gun owners are already organizing to come to Austin.

They also need to crack down on companies and individuals that employ illegals. They could more than pay for the border security in fines alone. No jobs, no illegals. Make people scared to employ them.

All I can say is if the DPS needs any help around Tyler (no, not as a cop or law enforcement or such) but any help let me know!

I know you will be short handed with moving so many troopers to the border but if we citizens can help in any way, just let us know.

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