Jennifer Harper, Washington Times, July 22, 2014
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has already spent $500 million trying to maintain order and security in the Rio Grand Valley. He’s ordered Texas Adjutant General John Nichols to deploy up to 1,000 National Guard troops on the borderlands.
Now Mr. Perry reveals a few more numbers.
The governor himself reports that in the past six years, Texas county jails have incarcerated 203,000 “criminal aliens” who have committed 640,000 crimes, including over 3,000 homicides. Such statistics may silence critics who accuse Mr. Perry of politicizing the border crisis to bolster his profile for a presidential run in 2016.
“There can be no national security without border security, and Texans have paid too high a price for the federal government’s failure to secure our border,” Mr. Perry says. “The action I am ordering today will tackle this crisis head-on by multiplying our efforts to combat the cartel activity, human traffickers and individual criminals who threaten the safety of people across Texas and America.”