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Gov. Rick Perry: We’ll defend the border because the feds won’t

Gov. Rick Perry: We’ll defend the border because the feds won’t

Texas defends itself against illegal immigrants and Obama

The federal government of the United States has jurisdiction over the border problem but is doing nothing to stop it and might in fact be encouraging it.

So the state of Texas announces that it will take action:

Texas’ top three leaders, Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, and House Speaker Joe Straus directed the Department of Public Safety to immediately begin law enforcement surge operations along the Texas-Mexico border…

The surge operations will cost $1.3 million each week, and DPS is authorized to continue the operations for the rest of the year…

In a statement, Governor Perry said, “Texas can’t afford to wait for Washington to act on this crisis and we will not sit idly by while the safety and security of our citizens are threatened.”

State officials worry that while the federal government scrambles to house thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the border, there are fewer federal agents to keep up with criminals and gangs trying to get into the U.S.

The state says last year, when DPS conducted Operation Strong Safety, crime rates related to drug cartels, gangs, and other illegal border activity dropped sharply.

Note what’s being said here. My understanding is that the state can use the increased patrols only to help prevent entry or to apprehend illegal immigrants and turn them over to the feds; they can’t actually deport people if the Obama administration refuses to do so.

The huge number of families and children illegally coming to this country is not even the issue on which Texas is concentrating here. Rather, it’s that their entry is flooding the border and distracting the guards’ time and energy while the drug cartels climb aboard.

We don’t know how families are getting the money to come here, and your conspiracy theory is probably as good as mine—and I do have some. But even if the majority of families/kids are coming because they think they will be allowed to stay and get services, and/or to flee the violence in their home countries, rather than purposely as decoys for the cartels, they are serving as de facto decoys for them nonetheless.

So if fleeing the danger posed by murderous drug cartels in their countries of origin is one of their motivations, then it’s highly ironic that escaping in this manner will serve to facilitate the entry of those very same dangerous people into the US, while the border guards are busy being babysitters.

And our president, whose duty it is to protect the US as a sovereign country, defend its borders, and follow the rule of law—including its immigration laws—encourages the first (the illegal entry of kids and families) and winks at the second (the illegal entry of criminals).

Incidentally (or not so incidentally), both would help turn Texas blue and at the same time harm it financially. And this DPS money doesn’t come from nowhere; it comes from Texans.

[Neo-neocon is a writer with degrees in law and family therapy, who blogs at neo-neocon.]


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Pettifogger | June 19, 2014 at 6:38 pm

In civics class, they taught me that the electorate chooses those who will govern it. But this is an example of the governing class reconstituting the electorate more to the political class’s liking.

Can the state troopers set up interlocking bands of grazing fire?

Not A Member of Any Organized Political | June 19, 2014 at 7:05 pm

You don’t mess with Texas!

Criminals might be the least of our worries. Other extremely dangerous people and goods can enter freely as well, they just don’t willingly run into the arms of our agents. People throughout the world are aware of where best to exploit us and when.

“Note what’s being said here. My understanding is that the state can use the increased patrols only to help prevent entry or to apprehend illegal immigrants and turn them over to the feds; they can’t actually deport people if the Obama administration refuses to do so.”

The state can do whatever it wants to- and afterwards the feds can try and prosecute them for something. But I suspect that if the Texas Rangers marched a few hundred illegals acrosss a border crossing back into Mexico that the federal goernment would have a really hard time finding a jury to actually convict them of enforcing the law. And if Texas does it you can be pretty sure Arizona will follow suit.

    MouseTheLuckyDog in reply to gospace. | June 20, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Well the state legally has to trun them over to INS. However the law does not say where. So dump them on a cattle car and ship them off to New York.

    RonF in reply to gospace. | June 20, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Where that gets interesting is if Mexico stations troops at the spot on the border where Texas would send them back and refuse to let them cross back into Mexico.

Juba Doobai! | June 19, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Spending $1.3 million a week to protect the border? Include buses to send the illegals into Mexico, which is allowing them to pass through, children or not. Let’s see the federal government try to sue TX for stopping the inflow of illegal aliens. Perry ought to go out on the line and force Obama to send border patrol to fight the rangers and TXNG to allow illegal aliens to come in at will. That would be a PR nightmare for all Democrats, not just Obama.

Sitting and taking the inflow, handwringing, wailing about the cost is useless. Governors should refuse the entry of bus loads of illegal aliens into red states, in particular. Post the national guard on the border and escort the bus loads to a blue state. They want illegal aliens, so let the illegals go to blue states. If the Feds want a fight, they got it.

The People of the State of Texas submitted a wildly popular petition to secede from the Union but maintain positive relations. Texas is economically self-sufficient, well-located (in terms of bordering nations and sea ports for international trade), and fiercely independent already. In short, if any single state could pull it off, it’d be Texas (and possibly Alaska).

Of course, no independent thought or action can go unpunished, so for the audacity of submitting such a petition, Texans can now feel the wrath of Obama (such as it is; I’m sure Rick Perry is quaking in his boots as much as Vlad Putin).

As a legal immigrant, please STOP referring to them as illegal immigrant. That’s an oxymoron.

An immigrant is a status sought for by a person through the host country’s legal channels.

The people who don’t acknowledge our sovereign borders are illegal Aliens and an unarmed occupation force.

    Ragspierre in reply to Aucturian. | June 19, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I prefer “low-intensity invaders”.

    MarkS in reply to Aucturian. | June 19, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Is “illegal alien” satisfactory?

    Insufficiently Sensitive in reply to Aucturian. | June 19, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    At best they’re immigrants-in-waiting. But having crossed the borders without any sort of papers, they should go to the very back of the line, being scofflaws at best.

    Sure, Democrats consider them votes-in-waiting, and do their best to bribe them to stay with free stuff. Talk about illegal, that’s about as unconstitutional a tactic for winning elections that any country has ever seen, other than vote counts by Hugo Chavez.

    It’s time to address this situation with candid descriptions, rather than mushmouthed, meaningless blather like ‘comprehensive immigration reform’. The fate of Eric Cantor was the best wakeup call the political class has had for decades, and anyone else who uses that phrase should be sent packing likewise.

      Having violated American law and sovereignty, they should be expelled and denied visas altogether. No chance, no time, no how. If they choose to remain, illegally, they should be denied employment and housing.

      In order to teach illegal aliens that we decide who comes into our country, we need to uphold our laws. Forget this nonsense about benefits and compassion. If the churches wish to give them sanctuary, then let them remain inside the church. If, at any time, they exceed the boundaries of the church, they are to be picked up and deported without benefit of a hearing. Someone willfully broaches one’s borders, especially in the absence of war or persecution in their country, there is no need for a hearing.

      Your country has no jobs? That is your problem. Fix it by voting for someone else besides corrupt socialists and communists. Don’t come to my country to make the same mess here that you created in yours. If nothing else proves they are Democrat voters it is that.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Aucturian. | June 20, 2014 at 12:34 am

    You are 100% correct, and I correct people about this with the same explanation you give.

    Thanks for making the point again. Please keep it up.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | June 19, 2014 at 8:04 pm

I keep thinking about this article.

The article has several links to other articles. The one specifically that I keep thinking about is a video of a Muslim cleric bragging about how they could kill 330,000 Americans with only four pounds of anthrax if it were spread around in high density population centers.
Here’s the video:

    If I remember correctly, al-Nafisi isn’t just a Muslim cleric, he is (or was) an al-Qaeda recruiter. The article you linked mentions Hezbollah, but I recall there was at least one al-Shabaab cell in Mexico a few years ago as well.

    Juba Doobai! in reply to MaggotAtBroadAndWall. | June 20, 2014 at 3:00 am

    High population density urban areas are frequently black communities. There is an upside to everything. A mass slaughter on this scale by Muslims will generate such a backlash from the black community—already fed up with Muslims, if the fight with Somali Muslims in a MN school is anything to go by—that many will lose the quasi-love affair they have with Islam. Watch Farrakhan’s stock drop.

    More than that, watch Americans become furious enough to bomb the bastards back to the Stone Age. Muslims are always thinking about killing but never thinking about the consequences. When you don’t make your own arms, when you need other people’s scientists to help you make bombs, don’t go starting something.

Well Perry could certify that Texas’s border are being threatened and raise an army to deal with it, being the Right of Texas to do so under the Constitution.

set the guard back a few feet off the federal land (border) and fire at will.
fk it.

    walls in reply to dmacleo. | June 19, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Agree 100%. If it was MY state, I’d be down there on the border myself with a semi-auto. This is lunacy. I actually WANT to see a confrontation between the fed and the state; the Constitution grants limited powers to the fed; all else belongs to the states. Perry’s got a bigger one than little Barry anyway … use it.

    Let this come to a head sooner rather than later. Take on the fed … and fire away.

    Everybody says we can’t deport 20M or 30M illegal aliens … well, let’s at least try.

      Karen Sacandy in reply to walls. | June 19, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      First, I disagree that we can’t deport 20 or 30 million illegal aliens. Eisenhower deported hundreds of thousands as I understand it in the 1950s. These illegal aliens are in our face everywhere you see them-they are not hiding in the shadows. As a matter fact I’m sure we all recall a few years ago when they all marched with their Mexican flags demanding amnesty.

      The political class just absolutely refuses to do what they know the American people want, and that is to eject the illegal aliens. They just refuse.

      And the courts are determined to preen their moral superiority by insisting that Americans foot the bill for illegal aliens medical care, education, and food and housing.

      Obama’s hatred of America makes him incapable of shame and the press is incapable of actual patriotism, and therefore the shameless Obama can get away with absolutely any treasonous act without consequence.

      Since none of Washington, DC, will aid Gov. Perry, or come to his defense, Obama will be able to steamroller him without breaking a sweat. So he’ll just tell another whopper, denigrate Perry, and the press will be absolutely craven to assist Obama. The press is a bunch of girly pansies.

      The only thing helping Perry is he’s the governor of Texas and the American press can’t even hide the extent of this disaster.

        Juba Doobai! in reply to Karen Sacandy. | June 20, 2014 at 3:03 am

        We need a GOP POTUS with balls big enough to stare down the court on illegal aliens and say FU. We are deporting, we are not paying for any kind of social services for them because that is money collected from the American taxpayer. These people are not humbly requesting our charity or assistance, they are demanding our submission as though they are our betters and our Constitution is toilet paper.

    alicia in reply to dmacleo. | June 21, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Fire at will, you say. What are you thinking? Just murder whoever crosses the border because you’re mad at them? Or, don’t aim, just fire and let God sort it out?

    Watching the news, I saw a 20-something woman who had just been dropped off by Lake Amistad from a jet ski. She was dressed in a blouse and slacks, armed with a purse, and met another woman in the park by the lake who I suppose lived here already. You want her dead, I take it, as a warning to others.

    I agree that there is a danger from the drug cartels and from the Islamist terrorists mixed in with harmless workers and moochers, and deadly force against the cartels and terrorists is appropriate.

    Gov. Perry should have been on this already, and we can only hope that it’s not way too little, too late. The current President of the United States can throw hissy fits and sic Eric Holder on Texas officials, but as others have said, that can be sorted out later.

Call for volunteers and deputize them.

    Juba Doobai! in reply to DaMav. | June 20, 2014 at 3:06 am

    Let them knock on doors, house to house. Bring out all your residents. Anybody hiding is subject to deportation. Your baby born on our soil goes back with you with no birth certificate, and no passport. That’s how fed up I’m with the whole situation.

I had the privilege of living in Texas for five years. Somehow, I felt more American there than I have anywhere else. Now in my retirement years I feel the Hill Country calling me back.

Just don’t screw it up and elect that little tennis shoe girl.

I wouldn’t call putting them on a bus and dumping them in Arizona securing the border. Many of us in Arizona are still angry that happened.

Did he have something to do with it?

    AZ_Langer in reply to TB. | June 19, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    That would have to be a federal decision. We’re being punished for believing our laws should be enforced.

Build a tent city detainment camp right on the Mexican border. Make sure the housing and food is superior to what our own troops had while deployed in Iraq. Build it along a stretch of the border where there is a fence and install one of those gates that you can only go through in one direction.

The detainees can then stay there until the feds pick them up to be deported, or they can walk through the gate back to Mexico any time they like.

TX would not, legally, be deporting anyone.

    Juba Doobai! in reply to Aarradin. | June 20, 2014 at 3:08 am

    Don’t forget to electrify the fence on our side and make sure the barriers go deep so they can’t tunnel their way in.

I hope that Governor Abbott and Lt Governor Patrick will further increase the pressure on illegals and the Feds. Now if we can only replace Straus…

    Uncle Samuel in reply to labrat. | June 20, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Yep – this whole business was planned – MORE HERE.

    We are dealing with a brazen ruthless crime syndicate – not a lawful Presidential administration.