August 9, 2010 - Gov. Perry on his letter to President Obama and the present state of border security.
August 9, 2010 - Governor Rick Perry's Letter to President Obama View Letter »
February 26, 2009 - Governor Rick Perry's Letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano concerning the transport of illegal aliens to Texas View Letter »
September 11, 2009 - Colonel Steve McCraw, Director, TX Dept. of Public Safety on the Ranger Recon operation.
June 3, 2009 - Harold L. Hurtt - Houston Police Chief
There can be no homeland security without border security, and there can be no higher priority than protecting our citizens.
While our focus begins with preventing the worst of the violence currently raging in northern Mexico from spilling over into the United States, the violence is only part of the destruction that can result from a porous border. The free flow of drugs, weapons and people resulting from inadequate security can undercut economic development, education and trade. As such, they can hurt Texas families in every way imaginable, from loss of jobs to the loss of family members to addiction, imprisonment or death.
Border security is a federal responsibility but a Texas problem, and Texas has invested hundreds of millions of state dollars in efforts to support and supplement security forces already in place. Still, this is a problem that will only be solved with more federal accountability and involvement.
» Starting in 2005 with Operation Linebacker, the state has sought to provide funding, manpower and equipment to local law enforcement agencies operating along the Texas-Mexico border.
» In 2007 Operation Border Star was introduced, which builds on the successes of previous operations with unprecedented local, state and federal law enforcement coordination. With the assistance of the 80th and 81st Legislatures, the State of Texas has been able to appropriate more than $110 million each session to fund and amplify these efforts.
» In response to a rising tide of gang violence in Texas communities, the Governor allocated $4 million in criminal justice grants to cities across the state to increase patrols of gang hotspots. In 2009, Gov. Perry worked to secure more than $10 million in state funding for enhanced anti-gang efforts during the 2010-11 biennium.
» In September 2009, Gov. Perry announced the formation of highly-skilled Ranger Recon Teams — which include Texas Rangers, Texas National Guard Counterdrug forces, Highway Patrol and DPS Aviation assets — in order to address threats building in the unincorporated areas along the Texas-Mexico border.
» Since early 2009, Gov. Perry has repeatedly called on Washington to authorize the deployment of 1,000 Title 32 National Guard soldiers to the Texas-Mexico border to support border security operations currently underway. (see letter to President Obama, letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and request to Defense Secretary Gates)
» Gov. Perry has also recommended an expeditious deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles to provide real-time surveillance and intelligence to law enforcement on the ground.
» In 2011, Governor Perry again worked with the Texas Legislature to increase funding for border security. These efforts allowed for the implementation of Operation Drawbridge, which utilizes portable cameras that detect movement and transmit the captured images to multiple receivers. As of 2012, Operation Drawbridge has yielded 13,606 detections, 5,526 apprehensions, and over 13 tons of narcotics seized. These 2011 efforts also resulted in the addition of six 34-foot shallow water interceptors to patrol the Texas-Mexico border.
News & Announcements
Friday, March 21, 2003 Press Release
Gov. Perry: Texas Receives $81.6 Million for Bioterrorism Preparations
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today announced that Texas has been awarded $81.6 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help communities prepare for public health emergencies, including the possibility of bioterrorism.
Tuesday, March 18, 2003 Press Release
Gov. Perry Expresses Support for U.S. Troops
Monday, March 10, 2003 Press Release
Gov. Perry: Texas Receives $29.5 Million Federal Homeland Security Grant
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced that Texas has been awarded $29.5 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help state and local emergency workers better respond to the threat of terrorism. The grant represents an 82 percent increase over the $16.2 million award the state received for fiscal year 2002.
Friday, February 07, 2003 Press Release
Statement of Gov. Rick Perry Regarding Higher Threat Level
"While we know of no specific threats against Texas, we are taking this heightened warning very seriously. I have spoken with Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge this morning, and my office will remain in close contact with federal officials.
Wednesday, September 11, 2002 Editorial
September 11: A Day of Tragedy That Brought Us Together
Citizens across our great state will pause today to remember a solemn moment in our nation’s history, September 11, 2001. On that dark day – a day no American will ever forget – we were attacked on the sheer basis that we possess freedoms others want to take away.