[Rushtalk] Texas Applies "Don't Mess With Texas" to Illegal Immigration
Carl William Spitzer IV
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Sat Jul 5 12:28:30 MDT 2014
RINO Rick does something right I do wonder why.
Thursday, 19 June 2014 14:53
Texas Applies “Don’t Mess With Texas”
to Illegal Immigration
Written by Warren Mass
Texas Applies “Don’t Mess With Texas” to Illegal Immigration
One June 18, the Lone Star State’s top political leaders — Governor Rick
Perry (shown), Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, and House Speaker Joe
Straus — authorized the Texas Department of Public Safety to start
emergency “surge operations” along the south Texas border with Mexico.
The surge is in response to a massive increase in the number of illegal
immigrants coming across the border into Texas, the majority of whom are
women and children from Central America.
“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,” Perry said in a statement posted on his official webpage.
“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.”
The trio of leaders sent a letter to DPS Director Steve McCraw on June
18, in which they pointed out that “The Texas border remains unsecured,
threatening the safety of Texas citizens and provoking a humanitarian
issue in our border counties.”
The letter acknowledged that while the federal government is responsible
for securing the border, the failure of federal officials to fulfill
this responsibility has created “an incentive for families to send their
children on a dangerous, and sometimes fatal, journey.”
The above reference is to the 60,000 children unaccompanied by parents
or relatives who the Obama administration estimates will pour into the
United States this year — a figure that is up from about 6,000 in 2011.
Hondurans, Salvadorans, and Guatemalans now make up about 75 percent of
illegals caught in South Texas, whereas previously most people who
crossed the border illegally originated in Mexico.
Perry and the others stated that “until the federal government fulfills
its duty,” Texas will do so.
Noting that last fall, McCraw and the DPS implemented a program called
“Operation Strong Safety” — which utilized both technology and manpower
to combat criminal activity engaged in by illegal immigrants with
connections to the south-of-the-border drug cartels — Perry and the
others charged McCraw to continue and implement this successful
operation over a wider area.
The state leaders said to McCraw:
With this letter, you are directed to plan and execute a surge operation
of increased law enforcement in Texas border counties. You are
authorized to utilize all existing appropriated funds toward this
operation. To the extent necessary, we will utilize our authority as
governor and as co-chairs of the Legislative Budget Board to facilitate
adjustments to the DPS budget until next session. The cost for this
operation will need to be addressed by the next legislature in the
supplemental appropriations bill.
Governor Perry was interviewed by Fox News’s Sean Hannity on June 17,
who kicked off the discussion by noting the phenomenal increase in the
number of illegal immigrants, including unaccompanied children, who
continue to enter the United States from Central America. When Hannity
asked Perry to explain how bad the situation is, the Texas governor
It is an absolute overflowing mess is what it is. And this is something
we brought to the attention of the president over two years ago, back in
2012, when we saw this was a major issue. We flagged this. And we're
still waiting for a response not just from the president but from the
During his reply, Perry also made a remarkable statement that supports
what other observers have asserted — including the National Association
of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO), who said in a June 11
statement that the large influx of unaccompanied minors illegally
crossing our border “is a predictable, orchestrated and contrived
Perry supported this viewpoint when he said to Hannity:
We either have an incredibly inept administration [in Washington] or
they’re in on this somehow. I hate to be conspiratorial, but how do you
move that many people from Central America across Mexico and into the
United States without there being a fairly coordinated effort?
When Hannity asked him why this influx is happening all of a sudden, and
why the federal government doesn’t just send the illegal aliens back,
What we’re seeing is that there is a clear coordination in some form or
fashion. These young people in particular, to move across Mexico, I
mean, this is some pretty harsh environment from the standpoint of — you
have the humanitarian side of this, forcing these kids on to trains and
then — it is a staggering concept when you think about moving that many
people across Mexico.
State Representative Debbie Riddle (R-Tomball) told Breitbart news that
“Governor Perry is very angry that the feds are doing nothing about this
problem,” and went on to say, “I didn’t expect the feds to do anything.”
At the conclusion of our article on this topic on June 10, we questioned
how thousands of children from poor areas of Central America manage to
find their way — en masse — about 1,800 miles through Mexico’s rough
roads to arrive in south Texas, noting that it is obvious that these
children did not accomplish this Herculean feat all on their own.
That observation has also become apparent to many others, including the
NAFBPO and Governor Perry.
Lt. Gov. Dewhurst has this to say about the federal failure to secure
the border: “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.”
Photo of Texas Gov. Rick Perry: AP Images
Warren Mass writes from Cleburne, Texas.
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