Governor Rick Perry - Time to Secure the Border
“If there is no national security you cannot have that without border security.” - Gov. Rick Perry
Texas Governor Rick Perry held a Press Conference on July 21, 2014, and in case you missed it, I am providing a link if you care to listen. His message was clear, “I will not stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor. We are too good a country for that to occur.” He went on to say that he was using his executive authority as Governor of Texas to activate the National Guard with 1000 troops to patrol along the border region. This endeavor is being called ‘Operation Strong Safety’.
Governor Perry stressed that over 200,000 criminal aliens have been booked in Texas jails alone, including 3,000 homicides since 2008. The Central American children coming in are only 20%, he said.
The troops will serve as a ‘force multiplier’ and will not arrest but will be a deterrent to the flow of aliens crossing our borders. They will focus on the criminal element, drug cartels and their associates seeking to penetrate the Texas-Mexico border. This surge will come at a cost of 12 million a month to the Texas taxpayer. Lt. Gov David Dewhurst expects that the federal government will reimburse the state of Texas.
Steve McCraw from the Department of Public Safety gave some statistics about the criminals coming to Texas. In the last three months, from April to June, he said, 8,496 crimes including 35 homicides, 145 sexual assaults and others have been committed in Texas. He also stressed that Texas is the center of gravity for the drug cartels. The cartels dominate the methamphetamine market, along with the other drugs like cocaine and heroin they import to America. McCraw also said that there are 74 human stash houses and 92 drug stash houses. Their mission would be to deter the criminal elements, including making arrests.
Lt. Gov David Dewhurst explained how he had already appropriated money for securing the border even before this crisis. He quoted President Ronald Reagan, “A nation that cannot secure its border is not a nation.” He went on to say that the media would have us believe that the whole crisis at the border is all about the Unaccompanied Alien Children but it is not just about the UACs because they represent a tiny fraction of those entering.
It is clear that Governor Perry wants us to understand that it is the ruthless criminals coming across our Texas-Mexico border that are the villains. As for the UACs, they are a humanitarian tragedy caught in the drug cartels’ web. The Cornyn-Cuellar Humane Act should be passed to take care of the UACs that are presently here. Of course, there is already opposition to this bill and Congressman Henry Cuellar is taking most of the ‘heat’.
Governor Perry, Lt. Gov Dewhurst and Attorney General Abbott have stepped up to the plate and taken action against those that want to do us harm, the drug cartels and criminals entering through Texas. They have shined light on the crisis and shifted it from the innocent to the heinous criminal element.
We should probably not hold our breath for the Obama Administration to ‘reimburse’ Texas. Obama hates our fighting spirit and is doing everything in his power to divide and conquer us. It’s time that our border is secure. And it’s gratifying that our elected leaders in Texas are independently undertaking the responsibility that clearly belongs to the federal government.
RICK PERRY PRESS CONFERENCE http://new.livestream.com/texastribune/events/3206474?
The HUMANE Act would:
- Improve the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008—treating all unaccompanied migrant children crossing our border with equality under the law, and allowing for voluntary reunification with family, whether they are from Mexico, Central America, or any other country.
- Keep current protections for safe repatriation.
- Allow unaccompanied migrant children who have a claim to remain legally in the United States to make this claim in court before an immigration judge within 7 days of the completion of Health and Human Services screening under the TVPRA of 2008. It authorizes up to 40 new immigration judges for this purpose, and keeps current law in place requiring HHS to make all efforts to secure pro-bono legal counsel for the child.
- Require immigration judges to make a determination as to whether an unaccompanied migrant child is eligible to remain in the United States within 72 hours of making their claim. Children who succeed in their claim will be allowed to remain in the United States in the custody of a sponsor while they pursue their legal remedies. Children who do not successfully make such a claim will be reunited with family in their home country.
- Require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide unaccompanied migrant children with protective shelter while they are awaiting their initial hearing in court before a judge.
- Allow access to these expedited court hearings for unaccompanied migrant children who have already been released to sponsors with notices to appear in immigration court.
- Require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct FBI fingerprint background checks on any person taking custody of an unaccompanied alien child. Prohibits the Secretary from releasing children to persons convicted of sex offenses and human trafficking.
- Provide resources for Texas humanitarian relief, border security, and ports of entry.