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Gov. Perry: Border Sheriffs are Our First Line of Defense

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Location: Austin, TX

Gov. Rick Perry today met with border sheriffs to discuss border security issues facing their communities.

"The linchpin of our border security strategy is represented here today by these sheriffs, who bravely stand between Texas citizens and the drug cartels, transnational gangs and special interest aliens that continually probe and test our border." Gov. Perry said. "With all the resources we can put at their disposal, these law enforcement personnel constitute our first line of defense against the growing drug-related violence that is tearing apart northern Mexico."

Since 2009, Gov. Perry has repeatedly urged the federal government, through conversations with and letters to President Barack Obama, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, to approve his request for 1,000 Title 32 National Guardsmen to support civilian law enforcement efforts to enhance border security in Texas. On Monday, Gov. Perry reiterated that request in a four-page letter he presented to President Obama as he arrived for an appearance in Austin.

In the absence of adequate federal resources, Texas has proactively addressed border security with state funding, resources and personnel to protect our citizens. The State of Texas has committed more than $230 million over the last several years to amplify border security efforts and to shut down transnational gangs that work for Mexican drug cartels.

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