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Texas gov. asks Obama for more troops for Texas-Mexico border

Update 5:42 p.m.

By Michael D. Shear
AUSTIN -- Republican Gov. Rick Perry hand-delivered a letter as President Obama emerged from Air Force One here, repeating his demand that the government send 1,000 troops to the Texas-Mexico border.

The letter, released to the news media by the governor's office, also repeated Perry's request to meet with Obama and his secretaries of homeland security and defense to discuss what he described as the increasing danger along the border.

"Drug cartels and related forces are waging war in Northern Mexico, their tactics including death threats, torture, car bombings, kidnappings, assassinations and beheadings," Perry wrote to Obama. "Absent federal action, it's only a matter of time before that violence affects more innocent Americans."

The Obama administration earlier announced that 1,200 additional troops would go to the U.S. border with Mexico. But in his letter, Perry said Texas's share of those troops -- 286 -- is "clearly insufficient."

Border security has become a hot-button political issue in southern states as politicians grapple with the violence in Mexico and the broader question of how to deal with illegal immigration.

Obama has said he favors increased border security as part of comprehensive immigration reform that provides a "pathway to citizenship" for the illegal immigrants already in the United States. But Republican critics of the administration say Obama and his team have done too little to boost security.

Perry greeted Obama at the foot of the stairs from Air Force One, clapping for the president as he descended. The two shared a hearty handshake before Perry pulled the letter out of his suit pocket and handed it to senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, who was standing behind the president.

A White House official said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano sent Perry a letter last week describing the administration's border security efforts and offered him a "top-level NSC briefing." The official said Perry declined.

"The president is the one who requested additional funding as part of his comprehensive and strategic plan to secure the Southwest border, and the administration commends the Senate for passing the Southwest Border bill last week," White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said.

By Michael D. Shear  |  August 9, 2010; 2:16 PM ET
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Governor Perry is acting 9 years too late. The Texas-Mexico border should have been shut down on September 12, 2001. During the governorship of the Texas governor, the Texas-Mexico border has been like a sponge. And the illegal immigrant has flooded across the border with no hindrance at all. It's time we voted us in a new governor in Texas. Governor Perry has already done enough damage to the image of Texas and we don't need anymore.

Posted by: richardcolonel | August 10, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Check the video very carefully; That Phony C.S. we have for a president avoided accepting the letter from Perry forcing him to give it instead to Valerie Jarrett while limiting his "visit" with Obama to 26 seconds.

This is the governor of the State and Obama treats him like some groupie to be avoided! Real class act and this while his Democrat cronie Bill White, equally C.S. headed to the far reaches of Texas to avoid Obama like the plague...

Posted by: TexRancher | August 10, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

My own rep (D) distances herself as far from Obama as she can in her correspondence to constituents. She always outlines how she disagrees with Obama and what she wants to happen. So there's no loyalty to Obama even from his own Democrats facing reelection in November. Sadly as good as this rep is she's toast come November. I crossed party lines to vote for her last time but not this November. I want Obama's authority neutered with a loss of his Democratic majority. That means Gabrielle must not go back to Washington which is a shame. She is one of the very few who fights for constituents. Unfortunately this election she's a Democrat and that's a problem.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | August 10, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

akossner and others...the only other time Natl Guard troops have "protected" the US border is after the 911 attack.

akossner, you need to read the 1868 Posse Comitatus Act. Our government is prohibited from using federal troops as law enforcement so there is no way that they have guarded and supplemented the Border Patrol for the past 20 yrs.

Posted by: texastwin827 | August 10, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

It would take you all day and at a good pace to even cross this state.

greatgran1...TX is well over 700 miles wide... most people don't like to drive that far, in one day. LOL

Posted by: texastwin827 | August 10, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

greatgran1, I live in Austin...he stopped long enough to have a 1 Million dollar fundraiser for the Dems.

Greatest insult was that not one Democrat was there to greet him. LOL Only the Republican Gov of TX...and that was mainly for the purpose of hand delivering his 3 page letter. Obama certainly can't say "Oh, I never got your letter" given the media has it recorded on film.

For those who bash Perry...I don't like him, but I will vote for him before Bill White, the former Dem mayor of Houston that turned it into a sanctuary city.

Posted by: texastwin827 | August 10, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

akossner, the one who has been duped is you. First, Natl Guard troops have not nor were they ever used (for 20 yrs) to control the border. You've been reading too many of those propaganda emails that get sent out.

In May 2010, President Obama authorized the use of "as many as 1,200" Natl Guard troops. Note that says "as many as" not that 1,200 will be sent.

Guess what...Texas is still waiting for their less 286 who are to come here to help with the 1,200 miles of US/Mexico border that is in TX....the other states are still waiting too.

The Govenors of each state can only exert control over the Natl Guard units quartered within their own state.

The President did not say he was activating guard units within the border states...he's supposedly "sending" troops..if they are from another state, the border state governors will have no say in what job they perform....which is the way the Feds want it.

Posted by: texastwin827 | August 10, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

"Be careful what you wish for...Given that TX has the economic stability and wealth of a NATION, you might just miss our money. Not only would Arizona probably come with us but so would OK, LA and AR...maybe MS & GA, too. That, my friend would remove EVERY refinery in the US, from it's borders."

@texastwin827 You can bet AZ will go with Texas as will half or more of the other Western states (Wyoming, Montana, etc) and probably a large chunk south of the Mason Dixon line who already are chaffing about being under Obama's presidency. We will be glad to leave CA and all the illegals we can find to push over into the US side and leave them to work out your surrender agreement with the Hispanic community and Mexico. I would be VERY, very careful of wishing publicly for something that can't be put back into the bottle once that genie has popped out.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | August 10, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

No I do not want to secede and I doubt anyone in Texas would. My point was that the state Constitution has the right to do so reserved. And that is what Perry was referring in a speech. You would be sad to see us go if we did. And where would all you out of work go to find jobs since your blue states are dripping in red ink and everyone out of work? You would get rather chilly up there since a good portion of your natural gas and oil come from us. We have a major shipping port for the entire nation. We have deserts to the west, plains, rivers, arroyos,mountains, forests, beaches, canyons, and lakes. It would take you all day and at a good pace to even cross this state. You would be kissing off and @issing off a good portion of population. We are sitting down here suffering from your inept President who flies in to raise money and you say our Governor is creating a stunt? Obama has been campaigning and never stopped. Now that my friends is a stunt to milk this crisis for all it is worth and watch our state suffer over run with illegals, drugs, and crime from all those felons running over the unmanned border. And this worthless President and his sorry party are allowing it to happen. This is going to backfire on them.

Posted by: greatgran1 | August 10, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

lonquest said: Does Texas have a spare half billion dollars a year to blow on this exercise in futility? If not, what makes Perry think taxpayers outside Texas are interested in shouldering these costs, for a plan that is doomed to futility.
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Are you really that ignorant? Better still, let me put this in a more accurate context.

CA, NV, AZ, NM & TX only have THREE STATE BORDER LINES. Only our northern, eastern & western borders are state border lines.

ALL five of these states have no southern state line... because our southern borders are the border of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Pray tell me, why should Texas taxpayers shoulder the Billions of dollars burden, alone, so you "outside taxpayers" don't have to pay to protect YOUR OWN COUNTRY? Do y'all no longer live in the United States?

Posted by: texastwin827 | August 10, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Why don't you just get your spurs on Perry and get out there with you gun with a laser scope and bust a cap in some imgrants. This guy is like a cartoon.

Posted by: cmsatown | August 10, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I wish Texas would secede. We are better off without them... And take Arizona while your at it.

Be careful what you wish for...Given that TX has the economic stability and wealth of a NATION, you might just miss our money.

Not only would Arizona probably come with us but so would OK, LA and AR...maybe MS & GA, too. That, my friend would remove EVERY refinery in the US, from it's borders.

Perhaps it would be wise of you to buy a horse now because your car won't run well without the oil & gas that we refine, for you to use in it!

Posted by: texastwin827 | August 10, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious... Obama's plane lands in Texas, and the only ones to greet him are Republicans. Evidently, this president is sprayed with Democrat repellent. Oh, my... the November elections will bring a historical swing in both the House AND Senate. What a festive TV night this will be. As the returns roll in, we'll make popcorn and enjoy the entertainment.

Posted by: poplab | August 10, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

greatgran1,

So your angry that your grandstanding governor used a political stunt to make himself and his party look good, all while knowing his concerns had been personally addressed a week later?

Do us a favor and secede. Nothing good comes out of Texas anyway.

Posted by: pathfinder12 | August 10, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

A fool wrote:
"This made me so fired up. I am so angry. Our governor was treated with such little respect from this pathetic President...."

Perry wants to secede and a handout at the same time.

When Perry shook Obama's hand Obama should have given him a bear hug.

Posted by: knjincvc | August 10, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

This made me so fired up. I am so angry. Our governor was treated with such little respect from this pathetic President. We have serious issues on our border. We have bullet holes in the courthouse of El Paso from a war on our border. This sorry arrogant little dweeb stopped long enough to take an envelop. Well wasn't that big of him. I want the people along the gulf and the southern border to get a big 10 x 12 glossy of about how much these cheesy demo rats think about your suffering and about how important you are on their food chain.
I will work my fanny off getting these radical progressive Democrats out of office. You can count me in. Republicans, you had me at hello.
And as for the seriously ignorant people who have no idea that the Constitution of Texas which was a nation has the right to secede. That is what Perry was referring to in his speech. If you want stupidity, view your President ignore a serious crisis that is endangering your family and mine. Drug cartels are in every major city in the US thanks to this inept administration.

Posted by: greatgran1 | August 10, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

If Defense Secretary Gates is cutting thousands of Military jobs while Texas Governor Rick Parry is asking for 1000 troops to interdict illegal immigration at the Texas-Mexico border, why not simply re-task some of those soon-to-be-cut military personnel to border patrol duties? Save the American taxpayer while simplifying the process.

Posted by: Dave_Yanosko | August 10, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Just secede already.

Posted by: jckdoors | August 10, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: STOPAMNESTY | August 10, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

@akossnar- the federal government already owes AZ 2 BILLION dollars for services rendered and they won't pay. Gov Brewer has asked Obama repeatedly to release those funds. If Gov Brewer calls out the national guard then AZ must shoulder the costs. Why do you think we haven't already done so? It's a matter of money or more specifically a lack of money. As Obama pointed out when he filed his SB1070 lawsuit this is the feds job. AZ citizens will gladly let the feds do their job but they aren't doing it.

Our state is broke and I mean dead broke. Then Governor Janet Napalitano (Obama's Director of Homeland Security) in typical Democrat style spent our state to the brink of bankruptcy and then fled to Washington. Gov Brewer inherited a financial meltdown. We have state employees taking mandatory unpaid furlough days and our budget is still not balanced. That 2 billion dollars Obama/feds owes us would help tremendously. There is no mysterious Republican conspiracy. It's simply a matter of funding and why should AZ citizens bear those costs? I and other AZ citizens ask how about the feds doing their job? Let me tell you it's going to get ugly come November. You won't be able to find a Democrat in AZ with a bloodhound.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | August 10, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

You people are being duped. National Guard troops have provided border patrol for 20 years. Problem is GOVERNORS have sole control over NG troops in their states and these dishonest, unscrupulous governors have pulled soldiers OFF of the border so that they can complain about lax security. Obama offered AZ limitless funds for border patrol (as they've had for decades) but Brewer would rather have a political circus than actually work to fix the problem. Perry is now following suit (as mindless bobbleheads will do). Obama has been forced to send federal troops out of desperation, but these troops, constrained by the Posse Commitatus Act, will have far less authority that NG units. This is a stunt by republicans to make the administration look weak on immigration. Yet again, soulless republicans are sacrificing their own states and their (purported) ideals for political gamesmanship. So ask yourself, if Brewer and Perry really care so much about illegal immigration, why have the STOPPED controlling it? The funds are there, the method is there, there are action plans and billeting plans and logistical plans, weapons and ammo are stocked, the command structure is in place and many years' worth of experience to rely on. But Brewer is not using any of this b/c she'd rather whine and play helpless. Despicable. Too bad we have no real media left in this country to expose this.

Posted by: akossnar | August 10, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Texas and Perry passed and signed the "Dream Act" one of Few or only state to have done so and wasting Billions of Education Dollars on educating Illegal Immigrant Children through College or University and continues to push for passage of the Federal Dream Act. In Perry's last run for Governor touted his Border efforts against NOT ILLEGALS in general but Other Than Mexican Illegals. He was happy with "Catch and Release" of Mexican Illegals in his state.

Now that Obama is President and has Deported more Illegals in 2 years than Bush and Company in 8; Perry is not happy?

Perry is only mad at Obama and the Democrats for placing strings on Education Dollars his state would get and preventing any other state from following their Lead with the money from the first Stimulus; Moved it to the State's Rainy Day fund for general use to balance his budget. Local School Districts that needed those funds were forced to hold bond elections and Raise Taxes to pay for new schools and Repairs.

Posted by: ddoiron1 | August 10, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Every single Non-representing representative, up to and including obama and holder need to be IMPEACHED! for not upholding the oath of office that they swore to uphold and defend the Constitution! If these clowns were to do their job, this would all be a Moot point!every single alien "BROKE THE LAW!" Our Government, has allowed the invasion of 20 to 30 million criminals which is the largest invasion of any Nation, at any time, in direct violation of Article IV, Section IV of our Constitution. They allow the invasion, they force American tax payers to pay Billions of dollars to provide Welfare, Prison cells, Educate the invaders children, free medical care, the invaders break numerous laws,massive document fraud, & are destroying our schools, hospitals, communities, culture & standard of living while Robbing, Raping, Killing & Assaulting American Citizens WAKE UP PEOPLE!

Posted by: pyrostevo | August 10, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

So Perry was offered a briefing on the actual security and political situation from the NSA and declined. I guess he believes ignorance is the bettr policy, you cannot be so hypocritically political if people have the recourse to teach you the acyual facts, and are able to demonstrate your use of misinformation. Perry, runs and hides from knowing the truth

Posted by: jmdziuban1 | August 10, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

So Perry was offered a briefing on the actual security and political situation from the NSA and declined. I guess he believes ignorance is the bettr policy, you cannot be so hypocritically political if people have the recourse to teach you the acyual facts, and are able to demonstrate your use of misinformation. Perry, runs and hides from knowing the truth

Posted by: jmdziuban1 | August 10, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

So Perry was offered a briefing on the actual security and political situation from the NSA and declined. I guess he believes ignorance is the bettr policy, you cannot be so hypocritically political if people have the recourse to teach you the acyual facts, and are able to demonstrate your use of misinformation. Perry, runs and hides from knowing the truth

Posted by: jmdziuban1 | August 10, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: usmc1969 | August 9, 2010 9:48 PM

So you are saying America should be more like Europe, and other industrialized nations, and pass universal healthcare, 4-6 weeks of paid vacation, improve our education system, become more unionized, and view the former administration of GW Bush with derision?

Posted by: jmdziuban1 | August 10, 2010 12:54 AM | Report abuse

AZ did pass a law punishing employers who hired illegals and as you can probably guess every hispanic and business group around filed lawsuits attempting to block it's implementation. It's tied up in appeals courts probably for the next 20 years. You are correct it worked extremely well. It immediately reduced illegal hiring when business owners were held liable for their employees. Including possible jail time for owners. It was accountability with a capital A. Do you really think we would be asking if we hadn't already tried to do this step?

Problem is there is more to border security than illegals shuffling through the desert in large numbers. The drug smugglers are using sophisticated firepower and more lethal force. It's going to take major electronic surveillance and tight border security to keep these people out. The federal government already owes AZ over 2 BILLION dollars for services we have already rendered. We will be glad to let the feds do their job but they aren't doing it. Gov Brewer asked for troops and we got a warning sign from Obama. What else would you like us to try? Saying pretty please hasn't worked so far.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | August 10, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

And where will the troops come from? Should we pull them from Iraq for the Bush War? Should we pull them from Afganistan and tell the 9/11 widows and orphans that we gave up? Or maybe Perry thinks we should start up the draft again?

Posted by: Shingo56 | August 9, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

keepthefaith:

Since you had to go there, I live in Texas, and I've been upset about the illegal immigration issue since the 20th century. The idea of militarizing the border just isn't workable. If you want illegal immigration stopped, start locking up hiring managers, HR administrators, and business owners that knowingly hire illegal aliens. If we put employers out of business to drive illegals out of the country, would that satisfy you?

A thousand men isn't nearly enough to be effective, and to do anything that would actually work would entail fixing the incentive structure that keeps people sneaking across the border. If we stop paying them to come, we won't need to send thousands of rookies to go play amateur border police.

If you really want to get more man power involved in fixing the border issue, you could talk about stopping the flow of weapons from the US into Mexico. That, at least, is something we could fix if we tried.

Smart people don't bring guns to fix economic problems, but then I guess if a hammer is the only tool you know, pretty much everything looks like a nail.

Posted by: lonquest | August 9, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse


I wish Texas would secede.


We are better off without them... And take Arizona while your at it.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | August 9, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

There used to be all kinds of Developed countries that gave away their citizenship as freely as we do in the U.S. But one by one they all have recognized the folly of that policy.

SOME MODERN COUNTRIES THAT RECENTLY
ENDED THEIR BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP POLICY
Canada was the last non-U.S. holdout. Illegal aliens stopped getting citizenship for their babies in 2009.


Australia's birthright citizenship requirements are much more stringent than those of H.R. 1868 and took effect in 2007.


New Zealand repealed in 2006


Ireland repealed in 2005


France repealed in 1993


India repealed in 1987


United Kingdom repealed in 1983


Portugal repealed in 1981
The United States is the laughing stock of the modern world. Only the U.S. values its citizenship so lowly as to distribute it promiscuously to the off-spring of foreign citizens visiting Disney World on tourist visas and to foreign citizens who have violated their promises on their visitor, work and student visas to stay illegally in the country, as well as to those who sneak across our borders.

Posted by: usmc1969 | August 9, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

In response to lonquest:

You must not live in a state adjacent to the Mexican border. Therefore, the problem is of little or no apparent concern to you.
Neither do I live in one of the border states. Does that mean that I feel no concern for the problems faced by these states? On the contrary, the illegal immigration problem extends to all of our country. The same is true for the flood of drugs into the country via Mexico. This is not a problem only for Texas, Arizona, and the other border states.
The fact that Obama spends money like there is no end to it; yet, he doesn't have the sense or decency to address the problem is appalling.
Granted that the problem should have been addressed and the border sealed long before Obama ever became president. However, that doesn't excuse his lack of responsibility in failing to face up to the problem.
Governor Perry is correct when he asserts that, "Absent federal action, it's only a matter of time before the violence (plaguing Mexico) affects more innocent Americans."
Rather than address the real problem and provide the border security that is needed, Obama wants to play games in a ploy to eventually grant amnesty to all illegal aliens. And it all involves politics. His real concern isn't policies for the benefit of America. His major concern is Barack Obama. He is already looking toward the 2012 presidential election and the possible benefit of a major new voting block.

Posted by: keepthefaith | August 9, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama has already deported more illegal aliens than Bush ever did. The country is
broke, if you believe you need more troops,
then accept a tax hike to pay for it. And,
punish employers who hire illegal immigrants. Legalize drugs to take the money out of the hands of the cartels and provide much sin tax money for the government.

Posted by: captainmac2001 | August 9, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Bob22003 is exactly right. Not to mention that recent reports out of Arizona show a DECLINE in border violence and no facts, whatsoever, to support Jan Brewer's claims about beheadings.

Posted by: cms1 | August 9, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

14th amendment should be changed:

All persons born (to LEGAL citizens) or naturalized in the United States,
and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States
and of the State wherein they reside.


Pundits say changing the 14th amendment would not help the here and now…

Had it been changed when Reagan gave amnesty to the illegal’s it would be a
Non-Issue now……

If we have 20 million illegals, then we have 60 million ‘anchor babies’…..

Posted by: UpAndOver | August 9, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Tacky publicity stunt, but then expecting these people to show some class is like asking pimples to refrain from forming on one's skin.

Posted by: csdiego | August 9, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Where in his letter does Perry offer to pick up the tab for all that extra manpower, how long does he expect those men to remain once they turn up, and what on Earth makes Perry think 1,000 men are anywhere near enough to seal a 1,200 mile stretch of border?

It seems to me that any attempt to seal the Texas/Mexico border would require at least one man per mile, operating in at least three shifts per day, with relief shifts for border guard days off. That comes to around 5,000 men, not 1,000. One man per mile may be too weak, at that.

Now, as to the bill: Figure, in round numbers, that this scaled-up border patrol costs abour $80,000/man-year, plus equipment, at around $50,000 per squad of four. That's about $400 million a year for manpower, plus about $20 million or so in equipment with a life span unlikely to exceed three years, or roughly $7 million per year for equipment replacement.

Does Texas have a spare half billion dollars a year to blow on this exercise in futility? If not, what makes Perry think taxpayers outside Texas are interested in shouldering these costs, for a plan that is doomed to futility.

All the Texas governor can hope to accomplish with this plan is a shooting war with the Mexican government. Maybe his real intent is to trap the federal government into trying to annex Mexico, thinking he can swindle the Feds into attaching it to Texas.

Did you ever notice Perry has the same hair as Blago?

Posted by: lonquest | August 9, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

@jiji1 another flipping liberal who has no rational response to my facts so you resort to name calling. Grow up honey these people don't deserve your sympathy. They will kill you and eat dinner on top of your still warm body. They shot a Pinal county deputy last month on patrol in his squad car. They killed a rancher on his own land. How safe do you feel in your back yard? The land I am talking about that is declared closed to US citizens is EIGHTY that's 80 miles from the border. It's within an hour of Phoenix AZ which is our capital. It's not safe in our national parks because drug smugglers are moving it through the parks. If you have any sympathy save it for US citizens.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | August 9, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama doesn't call it an invasion, therefore it isn't. You just want a bloodthirsty huntin season on brown people.

Sickos.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 9, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Perry is nothing but the lowest form of an opportunistic right wing racist extremist. Pathetic.

Posted by: vztownes | August 9, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

jiji1 asks- Why should the troops have ammunition? Why does everything have to be about killing brown people?

You are joking right? Those criminals have weapons and using them to shoot US citizens. We have an area in AZ sealed off to US citizens because it's so unsafe. Mexican drug smugglers have set up a camp on a mountain to monitor and protect their drug shipments coming into the US. They are resupplied like any army and never leave their position unmanned. This is US soil and you want soldiers unarmed? Personally I prefer a predator drone with laser guided missiles. Shoot a couple of missiles into that site and take out the whole lot of criminals without placing a single US citizen in jeopardy. Anyone wanting soldiers unarmed is only placing those soldiers lives at risk. This is not a game and those criminals shoot to kill.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | August 9, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Good for you Gov Perry. I am sure Gov Brewer of AZ is not thrilled with the minimum number of troops Obama gave her and AZ either. It's a pitiful amount to placate voters that really doesn't do much to help. You need to live in a border state to understand the importance of this issue. If you do not help us get this issue under control I guarantee the crime and criminals is coming to a neighborhood near you next.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | August 9, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

jiji1 asked: "Why should the troops have ammunition?"

Because the people illegally invading refuse to stop when asked nicely, multiple times? Seems like a reason. If someone was breaking into your home on a daily basis and wouldn't stop, it is time to load the gun. Pretty simple. Understand now?

When you build 20' walls and the intruders start putting up 25' ladders, you respond with Marine sharps shooters. Then, no more 25' ladders...

Posted by: illogicbuster | August 9, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

jiji1 asked: "Why should the troops have ammunition?"

Because the people illegally invading refuse to stop when asked nicely, multiple times? Seems like a reason. If someone was breaking into your home on a daily basis and wouldn't stop, it is time to load the gun. Pretty simple. Understand now?

Posted by: illogicbuster | August 9, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Well Gov., if sending more troops would finally get rid of you and the rest of the nutcases in Texas government, I'd be all for it.

Posted by: overed | August 9, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Bobo22003 wrote: ""Absent federal action.." What a laugh. A few weeks ago, Perry was talking about Texas seceding, in which case federal action would be permanently absent."

Yep, and the Fed income tax would be absent from D.C. and all the Fed regs that stifle business as well. That would leave plenty for an independent TX to secure its borders with. Have you noticed that TX is solvent, unlike other big states that are run by lib/communists?

That being said, he should declare a State of Emergency and seal the TX border. If Obbummer didn't like it he could come down personally and do something about it. ROFL!

Posted by: illogicbuster | August 9, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Why should the troops have ammunition? Why does everything have to be about killing brown people?

Posted by: jiji1 | August 9, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Why should the troops have ammunition? Why does everything have to be about killing brown people?

Posted by: jiji1 | August 9, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Bobo22003 wrote: ""Absent federal action.." What a laugh. A few weeks ago, Perry was talking about Texas seceding, in which case federal action would be permanently absent."

Yep, and the Fed income tax would be absent from D.C. and all the Fed regs that stifle business as well. That would leave plenty for an independent TX to secure its borders with. Have you noticed that TX is solvent, unlike other big states that are run by lib/communists?

That being said, he should declare a State of Emergency and seal the TX border. If Obbummer didn't like it he could come down personally and do something about it. ROFL!

Posted by: illogicbuster | August 9, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Why should the troops have ammunition? Why does everything have to be about killing brown people?

Posted by: jiji1 | August 9, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

and i hope he demanded that the president make sure that the troops have ammunition.

Posted by: SISSD1 | August 9, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

and i hope he demanded that the president make sure that the troops have ammunition.

Posted by: SISSD1 | August 9, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

"Absent federal action.." What a laugh. A few weeks ago, Perry was talking about Texas seceding, in which case federal action would be permanently absent.

Obama should tell this Rick "Jefferson Davis" Perry that if he wants federal help with his state's problems, he needs to stuff the secession talk and the criticism where the sun don't shine and volunteer to work constructively with the feds to solve the problem of Mexican drug violence spilling over into Texas, the first step of which should be to shut down the Texas gun sellers who supply Mexican cartels with a goodly proportion of their weapons.

Obama should also ask Perry why the f@@k American soldiers ought to be asked to risk being shot by Mexicans wielding weapons purchased illegally via Texas gun sellers. You're part of the problem or you're part of the solution, governor.

Posted by: Bob22003 | August 9, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

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