Rick Perry has worked tirelessly to secure the Texas border. He believes there can be no rational discussion about immigration reform until we have a secure border.
As governor, Rick Perry has taken unprecedented steps to secure the Texas-Mexico border with solid results.
- Texas has provided $400 million in state funding since 2005 to help fill the gap left by the federal government ($152M in 2011; $121.5M in 2009; $110.3M in 2007, and $29.8M through grant funds in 2005-2006).
- In August 2009, Texas expanded its border security efforts by sending highly skilled Ranger Reconnaissance (Ranger Recon) teams to address the ever-evolving threat along the Texas-Mexico border.
- Governor Perry's border-security initiatives have helped stem illegal activity along the border, resulting in the seizure of 6.8 million pounds of marijuana, 82,353 pounds of cocaine, 1,835 pounds of heroin and 7,552 pounds of methamphetamine. The drugs seized have a combined estimated value of more than $6.5 billion. In addition, officers have seized $227 million in currency and over 3,500 illegal weapons.
Gov. Perry discussed his strong border record with Greta Van Susteren, To view this interview, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPrDdY8DXgQ
Governor Perry has made repeated requests to President Obama to discuss with him the need for greater federal resources along the border, but he was rebuffed every time.
Texas joined with several other states in opposing the federal lawsuit against Arizona's immigration enforcement policy.
As Governor, Rick Perry:
- championed a Voter ID law that ensures only American citizens will be able to vote in elections;
- signed into law a requirement that only citizens and legal residents may obtain a driver license;
- declared legislation outlawing "sanctuary cities" an emergency item in Texas, and added it to the call of the special session;
- fought for tougher penalties for those who engage in human trafficking;
- signed a law that requires counties to assist the state in tracking the number of illegal immigrants in Texas county jails;
- passed an omnibus gang bill providing even more tools for law enforcement to be able to infiltrate and break up the transnational gangs; and
- protected a Texas law that prevents any public agency, taxing jurisdiction or economic development corporation from receiving public subsidies if they have been found to have hired undocumented workers.