Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Bullets from Juarez Striking El Paso Building

Monday, August 23, 2010  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding bullets from a gun battle in Juarez that struck a building on the campus of the University of Texas-El Paso over the weekend:

"For the second time in two months, bullets from a gun battle in the escalating drug war in Juarez have struck a building in El Paso, and I'd like to commend the swift action taken by local and state law enforcement in the area. By the grace of God, the stray bullets from these incidents have yet to injure or kill a Texan. It is unconscionable that the Obama Administration is gambling with American lives, betting that escalating violence from these cartels won't eventually shed the blood of innocent people on U.S. soil.

"We must ensure El Paso and other border communities remain a safe place for people to live, work and raise a family. It's time for Washington to stop the rhetoric and immediately deploy a significant force of personnel and resources to the border to protect our homeland."

In June, several bullets from a gun fight in Juarez struck El Paso City Hall. Nine months earlier, a building and a vehicle on the campus of the University of Texas-Brownsville were also hit by stray bullets from Mexico.

In early 2009, Gov. Perry asked the Obama Administration to approve the deployment of 1,000 Title 32 National Guard troops in Texas. While border security is a federal responsibility, it is a Texas problem, and Gov. Perry has not waited idly for Washington. To fill in security gaps left by the federal government, Texas has invested more than $230 million over the last several years for new technology, improved communications equipment, aviation assets, boots on the ground, and other resources. Earlier this month, Gov. Perry hand-delivered a four-page letter to President Obama, detailing Texas' concerns about the escalating drug war threatening our state and reiterating the governor's request for more troops.

View Gov. Perry's Recent Letter to President Obama.

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