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.”
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Governor's Related News
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.
Mar 04, 2013 - Gov. Perry: Release of Criminal Aliens into our Communities is Unconscionable
Gov. Rick Perry, in a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton, called on the Obama Administration to provide state and local law enforcement with information regarding the release of criminal aliens into Texas communities. The administration has failed to coordinate with or provide details to states where detainees have been released.
Sep 19, 2012 - Statement by Gov. Perry on Fast and Furious Report
If a member of the Attorney General's inner circle had the knowledge and power to stop Fast and Furious, the Attorney General had the knowledge and power to stop it. The only other possibility is that he is incompetent.
Jun 28, 2012 - Statement by Gov. Perry on Congressional Vote to Hold AG Holder in Contempt
The U.S. House of Representatives today sent a clear message that it will not allow the Obama Administration to hide its lawless, reckless and deadly actions from the American public. The American people deserve to know what they are hiding, how high this lawlessness goes and why the President's lawyer and best friend is stonewalling.
Jun 25, 2012 - Statement by Gov. Perry Regarding SCOTUS Decision on Arizona Law
Today's decision by the Supreme Court to uphold Arizona's right to check the legal status of individuals within its borders is a victory not only for the people of Arizona, but for the rule of law. No state should be held hostage to a federal government that refuses to enforce the laws of the land.