Texas-Mexico Border Region

State of the State

Governor Perry delivered his State of the State address this week, proposing to consolidate or suspend non-critical state agencies in order to make state government more streamlined and efficient. The governor also outlined his priorities for the 82nd Legislative Session, including balancing the budget without raising taxes, preserving essential services, and strengthening Texas' position as a national economic leader through sound policies. Check out the Governor's entire State of the State address below.

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PERRY: Texas will fight back

November 30, 2010

Gov. Rick Perry

We won't stand by while Mexican border violence kills

Embroiled in an ongoing clash between rival drug cartels, the region of Mexico directly across the border from Texas has become one of the most dangerous places in the world, with more than 28,000 people killed since 2006, a death toll more reflective of a war zone than a nation ostensibly at peace.

Wishful thinking won't keep such an overwhelming explosion of violence from creeping farther north, so we must consider all our options as we determine the best way to protect our communities.

It all begins with a strong border, and a border is only as strong as the forces protecting it.

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Perry: Take TSA patters and put them on border security detail

November 20, 2010

The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Bridget Johnson

The incoming chairman of the Republican Governors Association suggested Friday that TSA screeners would be more help securing the nation's border with Mexico.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday on Fox Business Network that states need to "push Washington back into that box that we call the United States constitution," but said the federal government needs to follow through on its responsibility of securing the U.S. border.

"Just in the last two weeks, I've had five of my citizens who've lost their lives on that border with Mexico, and that is an irresponsible lack of focus by our federal government," Perry said, calling the federal security an "abject failure."

When asked if, in the wake of the TSA invasive pat-down controversy, he'd replace TSA screeners as states are allowed under federal law, Perry had an idea.

"How about we take all those TSA agents and put them on the border with Mexico where they can do some security there?" Perry said. "That's where we need security substantially more than in our airports and what we're seeing out of this bunch."

Perry cautioned that the incoming lawmakers in the 112th Congress "better be dreaming about" cutting the size of government and embracing fiscal conservatism when they go to sleep at night and focus on it every waking day.

"That's the type of individual that will be rewarded by the voters with a re-election," he said.

The possible presidential contender said that will also be the hallmark of a successful nominee.

"I'd like to find somebody with the characteristics will stand up and run for the presidency in 2012 and say, I want to go to Washington, D.C. and help you make Washington as inconsequential in your life as I can make it," he said.

Perry didn't say whether he was that person, but said he had "the best job" as governor of the Lone Star State. "I want to be back in the state being a governor and making things happen," he said.

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Governor Perry: On The Record

If you missed Governor Perry on Fox News' On The Record with Greta Van Susteren, you can watch the entire interview here:

For more information on Governor Perry's new book, visit http://www.FedUpTheBook.com. Check back, and join the conversation on how we get our country back on track!

There are book signings all across Texas, including San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Tyler, and Nacogdoches, so check back at http://www.FedUpTheBook.com often to find an event near you.

After you've read Fed Up!, visit the book's website to engage in a discussion with your fellow patriots on the future of Texas and the future of our great country. Each chapter has ideas for how citizens can take our country back from a federal government that has far outgrown its intended Constitutional role. Your continued discussion will amplify the impact of these ideas.

On Twitter? Follow @GovernorPerry for updates from Rick Perry himself. Become a fan of Governor Perry on Facebook and join the fight against Washington's overreach!

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VIDEO: Governor Perry on Fox & Friends.

This morning, Governor Perry appeared on Fox News to discuss the latest developments along the “Texas-Mexico border.”

Securing the border is a federal responsibility, but it is Texas' problem. Governor Perry is standing up for Texas, devoting hundreds of millions of dollars toward Texas resources along the border.

Texas, under Governor Perry, has put more boots on the ground, more technology to use, and more targeted operations to reduce crime along the border.

On Twitter? Follow @GovernorPerry for updates from Rick Perry himself, @GovPerry2010 for updates from the campaign, and become a fan of Governor Perry on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest campaign news.

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Former President George H.W. Bush and Former First Lady Barbara Bush Endorse Gov. Perry for Re-election

October 25, 2010

Join over 100 groups in supporting Gov. Perry for re-election

HOUSTON – Today Gov. Rick Perry received the endorsement of former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush for the general election. They were joined by representatives from more than 100 organizations and hundreds of leaders who have endorsed Gov. Perry’s re-election, highlighting his diverse, statewide support, which represents millions of Texans.

“Gov. Perry’s leadership and proven track record is an essential component in keeping Texas a national leader in job creation,” said former President George H.W. Bush. “Texas has become a prime example of what happens when you mix fiscal responsibility, strong leadership and a vision of moving a state forward. It is an honor to endorse Gov. Rick Perry for the general election.”

George H.W. Bush was sworn in as president of the United States in January 1989 and served until January 1993. During his term in office, the Cold War ended; the threat of nuclear war was drastically reduced; the Soviet Union ceased to exist, replaced by a democratic Russia with the Baltic States becoming free; the Berlin Wall fell and Germany was reunified with Eastern Europe; and he put together an unprecedented international coalition to liberate Kuwait.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush is a tireless advocate of volunteerism, helping countless charities and humanitarian causes. Today she and President Bush serve as Co-Chairs of C-Change, an organization that represents more than 150 individuals and groups that fight cancer. She also enjoys reading to children at schools and hospitals across the nation.
“I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of former President George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush,” said Gov. Perry. “His devotion and leadership, to our country, has brought forth inspiration to us all.”

Gov. Perry’s endorsements highlight the broad-based support he has from diverse groups and industries, ranging from agriculture, health care and retail sales, to construction, law enforcement and education.

In his remarks, Gov. Perry emphasized the creation of 850,000 Texas jobs in the last ten years and the recent drop in the unemployment rate in Texas; leaving the national rate nearly two points above ours. He also touted our state’s low taxes, predictable regulatory climate, fair legal system and education efforts as crucial elements that have helped make it a national leader in exports and Fortune 1000 companies.

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Brand New TV Ad: Sergeant Johnson

Texans for Rick Perry recently launched a new 30 second TV ad called “Sergeant Johnson.”

On Twitter? Follow @GovernorPerry for updates from Rick Perry himself, @GovPerry2010 for updates from the campaign, and become a fan of Governor Perry on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest campaign news.

See below for the script, sourcing, and background materials for “Sergeant Johnson.”

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VIDEO- Bill White's Sanctuary City.

Texans for Rick Perry has released a new video, “Bill White's Sanctuary City.”

Included in this video are testimonials from Houston police officers explaining their support for Gov. Perry and their opposition to former Houston mayor Bill White.

This video is available online at www.rickperry.org and www.liberalbill.com.

On Twitter? Follow @GovPerry2010 for updates, and become a fan of Governor Perry on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest campaign news.

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Statement by Rick Perry on bullets from Juarez striking UTEP building

August 23, 2010

El Paso Times

AUSTIN -- Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding bullets from a gun battle in Juarez that struck a building on the campus of the University of Texas-El Paso over the weekend:

"For the second time in two months, bullets from a gun battle in the escalating drug war in Juarez have struck a building in El Paso, and I'd like to commend the swift action taken by local and state law enforcement in the area. By the grace of God, the stray bullets from these incidents have yet to injure or kill a Texan. It is unconscionable that the Obama Administration is gambling with American lives, betting that escalating violence from these cartels won't eventually shed the blood of innocent people on U.S. soil.

"We must ensure El Paso and other border communities remain a safe place for people to live, work and raise a family. It's time for Washington to stop the rhetoric and immediately deploy a significance force of personnel and resources to the border to protect our homeland."

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Governor Rick Perry on Fox News with Sean Hannity.

Did you miss Governor Perry's interview from Monday evening with Sean Hannity on FoxNews? Watch it here:

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