Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Governor's Initiatives - Border Security

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August 9, 2010 - Gov. Perry on his letter to President Obama and the present state of border security.

Gov. Perry's Letter to President Obama
August 9, 2010 - Governor Rick Perry's Letter to President Obama   View Letter »

Gov. Perry's Letter to President Obama
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.

Action Items

»  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

  • Tuesday, August 14, 2007 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Ceremonially Signs Bill to Enhance Port Security
    Sylvia Garcia, Commissioner Harris County Pct. 2, PHA Chairman James T. Edmonds and Gov. Rick Perry
    HOUSTON – Gov. Rick Perry today ceremonially signed House Bill 3011, allowing the creation of a ship channel security district for the Port of Houston and empowering local authorities to partner with private sector companies to take an integrated, system-wide approach to enhancing port security. Perry was joined by legislators, federal and local officials, and members of the energy industry.
  • Monday, July 16, 2007 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Awards $299,508 to the Texas State University ALERRT Program
    Gov. Perry Awards $299,508 to the Texas State University ALERRT Program
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2007 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: Texas Is One Step Closer to Becoming Home Of National Biological and Agro-Defense Facility
    Gov. Perry: Texas Is One Step Closer to Becoming Home Of National Biological and Agro-Defense Facility
  • Tuesday, July 10, 2007 • Speech
    Gov. Rick Perry's Remarks to the Texas Municipal Police Association
    "Those who serve in harm’s way to protect the American Way are a beacon of light in a sometimes dark world. Police officers and all their law enforcement brothers and sisters help distinguish America as the civil society that it is: one that uses force and the presence of force to serve and protect the greater public interest to prevent the tyranny of the lawless and to preserve the freedom of the law-abiding."
  • Friday, June 15, 2007 • Proclamation
    Proclamation regarding HB 1.
    "I (Gov. Rick Perry) will sign this budget because of the many good things it does to move Texas forward. This bill increases border security funding by more than $100 million, invests an additional $146 million in college financial aid, provides funding for a new film incentive program, provides more money for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, expands our investment in clean air programs, and provides hundreds of millions of dollars for teacher incentive programs. It also funds increases for our classrooms, mentoring for the children of prisoners, and important criminal justice priorities."