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.

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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

  • Wednesday, September 26, 2007 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: Border Security Council to Hold Public Meetings in Border Communities
    Gov. Rick Perry today announced the first meetings of the newly-appointed Border Security Council, October 1-3, 2007. The meetings will take place in border communities, offering a public forum for testimony relating to strengthening safety and security in the Texas-Mexico border region and areas statewide. The meetings will occur during the first phase of the State of Texas’ newest border security surge, Operation Border Star.
  • Tuesday, September 25, 2007 • Speech
    Gov. Rick Perry's Remarks to the Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce
    "I personally believe that any company that does business with Iran is actively assisting those who seek to harm American men and women who are serving in the Middle East and funds terror attacks on our allies in the region. Therefore, I am announcing that I have asked our state’s two largest investment funds to divest from all companies who do business with Iran."
  • Tuesday, September 11, 2007 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Appoints Eleven to the Texas Border Security Council
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry appointed eleven to the Texas Border Security Council to serve at the pleasure of the governor. He named Judge Carlos Cascos of Brownville as presiding officer. The council, created by Senate Bill 11 of the 80th Legislature, will create performance standards, reporting requirements, audit methods and other procedures for homeland security fund allocation and use. It also serves to advise the governor on the allocation of funds.
  • Tuesday, September 11, 2007 • Speech
    Gov. Rick Perry's Remarks at the 2007 Star of Texas Awards
    (Left of Governor Perry) Officer Joslyn Johnson accepting for Officer Rodney Joseph Johnson (Right of Governor Perry) Guest from the Houston Police Department
  • Tuesday, August 14, 2007 • Speech
    Gov. Rick Perry's Comments at the Signing of the Ship Channel Security Bill
    Sylvia Garcia, Commissioner Harris County Pct. 2, PHA Chairman James T. Edmonds and Gov. Rick Perry