Just as in the old west, leading Texas officials have called in the cavalry to deal with the tidal wave of immigrants pouring into the United States across the Rio Grande border. This time, the troops just happened to be coming from the Department of Public Safety.
“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,” Governor Rick Perry stated. “Until the federal government recognizes the danger it’s putting our citizens in by its inaction to secure the border, Texas law enforcement must do everything they can to keep our citizens and communities safe.”
The state troopers were ordered to begin their surge to Texas-Mexico border late Wednesday evening.
"This is a national disaster, and this administration refuses to address the constitutional requirements to secure our border,” Perry said. “We have put over $500 million in Texas taxpayers' money into assisting with this, and we get zero help from this administration when it comes to addressing its core responsibilities."
"The federal government has enumerated constitutional duties, and this is one of them,” continued Perry. “This administration is totally failing.”
“The administration is not serious about border security; we have known that for a long time,” Perry contended. “Congress refuses to deal with the issue, and the American people are going to demand that we secure the border."
More illegal immigrants were arrested in the Rio Grande Valley in the first eight months of 2014 (fiscal year) than the entire fiscal year of 2013, according to the governor’s office. The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol apprehended over 160,000 in the first eight months of the 2014 fiscal year and as opposed to 154,453.
What did other Texas leaders say about the immigration crisis?
Children sold into sex slavery
"Little boys and little girls, their parents are handing them over not to some noble social worker trying to help them. They are handing them over to international, global criminal cartels that smuggle human beings in... They are criminals who assault, sexually assault, and sometimes murder these children. These are little girls that are sometimes being sold into prostitution and sex slavery." - Sen.Ted Cruz
They're in on it...
"We either have an incredibly inept administration, or they're in on it, somehow or another. I hate to be conspiratorial, but how do you move that many people from Central America across Mexico and then into the United States without there being a fairly coordinated effort?" -Rick Perry
Greg Abbott speaks up
“Texas is stepping up and doing what the federal government has failed to do – secure the porous border. The Obama Administration's failure to enforce the rule of law has empowered transnational gangs and cartels to smuggle people into our state from around the world -- including members of deadly gangs like MS-13. The Department of Public Safety will have the tools and resources it needs to curtail illegal smuggling, horrific human trafficking and cartel imported crime. Securing the border will reduce the illegal activity which – in turn – will promote the legitimate trade that helps make Texas the leading exporting state in the country.”
Obama failure: humanitarian crisis
Obama’s failure to act has led to a “humanitarian crisis” in Oklahoma, California, Maryland and Virginia, as these states “are being asked to accommodate these minors while they are being processed. It’s overwhelming our ability to deal with this." Sen. John Cornyn
The number rose...
"In 2011, there were roughly 7,000 unaccompanied minors who were apprehended.In 2012, that number rose to 14,000. In 2013, it rose to 24,000. And, in 2014, your agency is estimating it is going to be as high as 90,000. In 2015, the administration is estimating that it will rise all the way to 145,000." -Ted Cruz
Facing the threat of murder...
“The children who have made this journey are alone and vulnerable—facing the threat of murder, kidnapping, rape, sexual slavery, and forced labor at the hands of these savage criminal organization.” -Rep. Henry Cuellar
Two years, no response from Obama
"It is an absolute overflowing mess is what it is. And this is something that we brought to the attention of President Obama over two years ago, back in 2012. We flagged this and we're still waiting for a response, not just from the president but from the administration. It is a major problem — 1,000 people a day is what we're seeing apprehended at the current rate. It's an impossible number to get your hands around." -Perry
Consequences of illegal immigration
“The federal government has abdicated its responsibility to secure the border and protect this country from the consequences of illegal immigration, but as Texans we know how to lead in areas where Washington has failed. Last year DPS conducted Operation Strong Safety and achieved astounding results. Crime rates related to drugs, cartels, transnational gangs, and illegal border activity plummeted because of the resources we allocated to stop illegal entry at the border."
Federal government's failure
“In this current security and humanitarian crisis, the federal government’s failure to secure our border is resulting in serious consequences for Texas. To immediately address these issues, today I join with Gov. Perry and Lt. Gov. Dewhurst to direct the Texas Department of Public Safety to use the appropriate resources to keep our state safe.” -House Speaker Joe Straus