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?