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
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.
Jun 26, 2014 - Statement by Gov. Perry on U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Hearing Scheduled for July 3 in McAllen
"With every day of inaction by the federal government to secure our southern border, the crisis of illegal immigration and the threat to national security from criminal elements grow worse. At a time when President Obama and many in Washington continue to ignore this serious situation, I applaud Chairman McCaul for his efforts to address this problem, and for bringing his committee to the border to see this crisis firsthand."
Jun 18, 2014 - Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst and Speaker Straus Direct DPS to Immediately Begin Law Enforcement Surge Operations Along Texas-Mexico Border
Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Speaker Joe Straus today directed the Texas Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) to immediately begin law enforcement surge operations on the Texas-Mexico border to combat the flood of illegal immigration into the state in the absence of adequate federal resources to secure the border. State leaders have authorized DPS to fund border security operations at approximately $1.3 million per week.