Border Security

Gov. Perry: Congress Must Act Immediately on Border Security

12/03/14
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today highlighted the ongoing need for the state’s border security operations, and called on Congress to quickly pass a bill to provide the resources necessary to secure our southern border. In the absence of adequate federal resources, the governor reiterated Texas’ commitment to using all available tools to enforce the law, and announced an executive order directing state agencies to use E-Verify to check the employment eligibility of current and prospective employees.

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Perry orders E-Verify, thinks Guard should stay put on border

12/03/14
Austin American-Statesman
Jonathan Tilove
Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday issued an executive order requiring all state agencies and contractors to use E-Verify to determine the legal status of employees. Perry also said that, like Sen. Dan Patrick, he thinks the National Guard ought to remain on the Texas-Mexico border past March.

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Texas Gov. Perry Gets Extension for Border Surge

12/01/14
Wall Street Journal
Nathan Koppel
AUSTIN, Texas—A Texas budget panel on Monday gave final approval to a request by Gov.Rick Perry for $86 million to extend a surge of state law enforcement personnel on the Mexican border until next summer.

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Statement by Gov. Perry on Executive Action by President Obama

11/20/14
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement of executive action on illegal immigration:

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Perry, Dewhurst And Straus Extend Texas Border Surge Through August 2015

Nov. 19, 2014
Breitbart
Bob Price
“Texas has proven beyond any doubt that this border can be secured, even if the federal government refuses to take the steps necessary to do so as required by the Constitution,” Gov. Perry said. “This agreement will ensure the hardworking men and women from DPS, the Texas National Guard and Texas Parks and Wildlife, who have been working with local and federal partners, have the resources they need to maintain a robust law enforcement presence along the border until the Legislature can act.”

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Perry: Americans Should Be ‘Substantially Concerned’ That Terrorists Could Cross Southern Border

Tonight on “Hannity,” Gov. Rick Perry warned that the southern border shouldn’t just concern Texans – it should matter to all Americans.

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Gov. Perry Sends Letter to Mexican President Peña Nieto, Invites Him to Texas

09/17/14
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today sent the following letter to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto following the President's comments last week regarding Gov. Perry's decision to deploy the Texas National Guard to disrupt criminal activity along the Texas-Mexico border.

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National Guard Supports DPS Along Texas Border

09/10/14
Texas Military Forces
Maj. Randall Stillinger
WESLACO, Texas - The Texas National Guard began taking up their observation posts along the Rio Grande River last month in an effort to reduce the amount of criminal activity in the border region.

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ICYMI: Texas National Guard Arrives at Border in Support of Operation Strong Safety

09/10/14
AUSTIN – The Texas Military Forces (TMF) report the first group of Texas National Guard (TXNG) soldiers and airmen have arrived along the Texas-Mexico border to take up observational posts in support of the Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Operation Strong Safety.

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Rick Perry: 'Very Real Possibility' ISIS Terrorists Have Entered U.S. From Mexico

08/21/14
Talking Points Memo
Sahil Kapur
Texas Gov. Rick Perry warned a Washington, D.C. crowd that there's a "very real possibility" that terrorists from groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are illegally crossing into the United States from Mexico.

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