Gov. Rick Perry Says Texas May Soon Take Steps to Secure the Border — With or Without the Federal Government’s Help

by Erica Ritz, The Blaze
July 18, 2014

Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) has been begging the federal government for years to secure America’s southern border. Now, as America faces what some are calling an “invasion” of illegal aliens, Perry said the time may come that Texas is forced to secure its roughly 1,200 mile border with Mexico with or without the federal government’s help.

“We’ve been able to shut down illegal activities in certain sectors with our different operations that we’ve had,” Perry said on The Glenn Beck Program Thursday. “But I think there’s a point in time where you say, ‘You know what? This 1,200 mile border has to be secured.’ And if there is a people and if there is a place that it can happen, it will be Texas.”

Perry said that most have been focusing on the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children crossing into America when discussing the border crisis. And while he said what they are going through is a “tragedy,” it is important to remember that the children only make up about 20 percent of all the illegals flooding America’s borders.

“80 percent of those coming across, we don’t know who they are,” Perry said. “In Katy, Texas yesterday an individual was apprehended who had murdered an individual in Louisiana.”

28 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Pat Walker says:

    Good going Governor Perry….Hope you run for President and senator Cruz is your VPHONE choice.
    I agree with what John Henry said. Close the border. Ship ALL illegals back.
    Time to take America back and to do that we must first IMPEACH OBAMA…


  • Bill says:

    Right on Rick, shut it down.

  • Concerned says:

    Gov. Perry is right and should act sooner than later. Clearly the attorney general will sue, to stop legal actions, but it appears to me that if the Fed does not follow the law, the states have the right to do so.

    1. says:

      About 20,000 true Americans needs to meet at the border and make a human fence!!!!

  • He’s looking good. Put up a fence, Gov. Perry. Make it triple barbed wire electrified and then put sonar so you can detect any effort to go under and shoot a rocket down the hole.

  • carlton goodson says:

    please get it done.

  • edgineer says:

    Every bit of this can be layed in the lap of the Democratic Party.

    1. I Seigel says:

      Except for the bipartisan effort that was tried during the Bush years that was squashed by the Tea Party. And for the efforts during the past 6 years that Boehner refused to let be debated on. Other than that, its all the Dems fault.

      1. edgineer says:

        Democrats have had control since 1/09. Over 5 years. They have done less than nothing to secure the border and deport illegals.

        1. I Seigel says:

          You must be living in Foxworld. What “control” have the Democrats had since 09? They’ve controlled the WH. They’ve had the majority in the Senate. When they had the majority in the House for 2 years, they were stymied almost continuously by Republicans (except for Obamacare) with filibusters. Then after the first 2 years, the House has been in the control of the Republicans. The Supreme Court has decided MANY cases 5-4, leaning towards the conservatives on the bench.

          The Obama Administration IS deporting illegals. More, by most reports, than Bush or those before him.

          The Dems have certainly NOT been “in control” since ’09. Open your eyes, your ideology is blinding you.

          1. edgineer says:

            I refuse to converse more with a blatant liar. AKA Democrat.

          2. I Seigel says:

            Calling me a liar means that I’ve told an untruth. Tell me what I’ve said that isn’t true.

  • edgineer says:

    All the states should hold a convention to force the federal government to obey the law. And 2/3 of the states can ratify an amendment to the constitution imposing term limits.

  • JONDO says:

    If Perry will do it i hope Brewer will do the same and any one else being blackmailed into taking them. Take all of them and dump them on the White House steps.

  • JONDO says:

    Dont just talk about it, Do it Like to see one man with guts enough to go up against this counterfeit rogue pres.

  • Carady says:

    Let’s do it, Governor Perry!!

  • Thomas Viveiros says:

    Funny that Rhode Island’s former governor “The Don” and also Massachusett’s Mitt Romney did this all on their own . All they had to do was have State Troopers and other state law enforcement officers to qualify as Immigration officers and it’s done .

  • rickouellette says:

    Appreciate Gov Perry taking the initiative and basically doing the Federal Government’s work. The security of the American people is the presidents primary job. Since he is too busy fund raising someone else will have to take action. The problem is that if Texas acts on its own it is the Texans who will bear the costs which is blatantly unfair. Unless Gov. Perry gets approval from the feds he his out on a limb cost wise. Since securing the border enhances the security of all Americans the costs should be borne by all of the States. It is not as simple as it may seem to be because, unlike the federal government, the States have to balance their budget. They do not have the luxury of printing 45billion dollars per month to cover their costs. Obama is decimating our military by cutting back to pre WWII levels which is asinine. Never-the-less we need some military on the border. Good Luck America !!!

    1. I Seigel says:

      Congress could certainly appropriate the money to reimburse Texas. Lets see if they can get it done.

  • John Henry says:

    Yea … every governor in every state should ignore federal directives and collect all illegals including those who have been here a decade and ship them out, as well as border states should make sure that illegals and terrorist are not crossing our borders …

    After all its “We The People”, not “I the Federal Government”.

  • rjet43 says:

    Amen, Rick!!! Arizona should follow suit!!

  • mort_f says:

    I can remember, not too long ago, when Californis stopped all cars entering to stop infestation of bugs of the insect variety, Hawaii mandated the spraying of all aircraft landing in Hawaii, for the same purpose. It is long past due for Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and even Californis, to institute, or re-institute, the same practice, but for a different variety of ;bug’.

  • gagec1 says:

    The 10th Amendment insures that the individual states have sovereign rights, As in securing their borders, insuring interstate commerce etc. Governor Perry is within his right to secure the border he shares with Mexico considering the incursions have terrorist ties and are a threat to the security of the State of Texas. I commend him for finally saying enough. I pray for the safety of those who will be tasked with making sure the border is secured and patrolled. God Bless Texas!

  • CTH says:

    I trust that Governor Perry is familiar with the exchange between then Governor Colquiitt and our first socialist president, Woodrow Wilson, regarding incursions out of Mexico across the Rio Grande. The action that Governor Colquitt had to take was brutal but extremely effective.

  • joe schmo says:

    I wondered if there wasn’t anything the states themselves could do. Why isn’t it happening? That would have been the first thing I would have done.

    1. gagec1 says:

      Most of the border states have been cowed by the Federal Government. It is up to the individual Governors of these states to assert their 10th Amendment. This is an invasion, it is not a humanitarian event as so many have asserted. Go Texas!

      1. joe schmo says:

        Yah, ‘go texas.’ I wholeheartedly agree, I sure hope the state can hold her from what Obama wants to do. That is turn the state Blue. I guess this is his way of punishing both Arizona and Texas. I live in CaliMexico. It sucks! You don’t want to end up like this hell hole.

  • antiliberalcryptonite says:

    States do NOT need the fed to secure their borders. Just do it.

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