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Threats to Texas | Terrorism:

Texas is home to many valuable resources, making us a valuable target for terrorist organizations seeking to destroy us and our way of life. Efforts to reduce our vulnerability to terrorist attacks and guard life and property in Texas include protecting our critical infrastructure and key resources across all sectors and disciplines and executing a coordinated hazard mitigation effort.

When it comes to potentially vital information on would-be terrorists, a key finding of the 9/11 Commission was the need for law enforcement to transition from a mentality of “need to know” to “need to share.” The sharing of all relevant law enforcement information is critical to protect our nation from future terrorist attacks. Through new technologies, such as TDEx and LiveScan, law enforcement agencies in Texas at the local, state and federal levels are sharing information as never before.

Admiral James Loy, former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, has testified that “information from ongoing investigations, detentions and emerging threat streams strongly suggests that al-Qaeda has considered using the Southwest Border to infiltrate the United States.”

Governor's Anti-Terrorism Initiatives

Governor's Related News

  • Nov 20, 2014 - Statement by Gov. Perry on Executive Action by President Obama
    In Texas we know firsthand the problems brought by illegal immigration and bad federal policy. As we saw with the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who came across the border, a bad policy led to children being put at risk. The president's decision tonight will lead to more illegal immigration, not less. It is time for the president and Congress to secure our border, followed by meaningful reforms. There is no more time for political grandstanding.
  • Nov 18, 2014 - Texas Leaders Extend State-Led Border Surge
    Having established the model for securing the border in the absence of effective federal action, Texas leaders have reached an agreement to extend the ongoing law enforcement surge through the end of the current fiscal year. Signed by the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker, the budget execution will marshal resources from a variety of state sources to enhance the state's efforts to secure the border region.
  • Oct 14, 2014 - Gov. Perry's Remarks at the Royal United Services Institute
    Gov. Rick Perry today delivered a speech on foreign policy to members of the Royal United Services Institute in London. The governor laid out the stakes in the fight Western nations presently face against ISIS and said the common values shared by the United States and allies like Great Britain are what will allow us to prevail.
  • Sep 26, 2014 - Texas State Guard Saves Lives During Search for Human Remains in Brooks County
    A special state search team, trained in rescue and recovery operations and ordered by Gov. Rick Perry to assist Brooks County with locating human remains of suspected illegal immigrants, is also saving lives during its mission.
  • Sep 17, 2014 - Gov. Perry Sends Letter to Mexican President Peña Nieto, Invites Him to Texas
    "I read with interest and concern your comments regarding border security on the week of September 11, which called Texas' increased law enforcement presence on the border "unpleasant" and "reprehensible." As neighbors and economic partners, Mexico and the United States are inextricably bound by shared interests and culture. As friends we might not always agree, but we must have an honest and respectful dialogue about the challenges we share, which is why I write to you today."
  • Sep 10, 2014 - In Case You Missed It: Texas National Guard Arrives at Border in Support of Operation Strong Safety
    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.
  • Jul 21, 2014 - ICYMI: Governor Rick Perry On Securing The Border
    A Collection Of Recent Coverage From Governor Rick Perry's Efforts To Secure The Border
  • Jul 09, 2014 - Gov. Perry Presses President Obama to Immediately Secure Southern Border
    Gov. Rick Perry today met with President Barack Obama to discuss the ongoing humanitarian and national security crises occurring along the Texas-Mexico border. In the meeting, Gov. Perry urged the president to undertake the necessary steps to secure the border and ease the crises.