Governor Perry responds to accusations from Valley Representatives.
POSTED: Friday, May 14, 2010 - 9:19am
UPDATED: Friday, May 14, 2010 - 11:10pm
Texas Governor Rick Perry calls out three local congressmen from the Valley to speak up and ask for more money on border security, Michelle Macias has the story.
Border security is on the minds of many people these days with the violence increasing across the border and three Congressmen from the Valley; Ruben Hinojosa, Henry Cuellar and Solomon Ortiz say Governor Perry isn't doing what's necessary to keep us safe. All three Congressmen made statements regarding the funds given to the border region claiming the region only receives 10% funding out of $215 million dollars every year. NewsCenter 23 brought up the issue to the Governor and this is what he had to say about it, "I say their numbers are wrong, for one thing, it's 17% and that's what I wish people would refrain from quibbling. We're not spending enough money to secure the border of the United States."
Governor Perry went on to say the Congressmen making such statements should keep addressing the issue to Washington, because in his eyes, Washington has failed. "That's the reason I asked the legislature for over the course of the last four years to spend over $215 million dollars of taxpayer money because Washington has been an abject failure."
Governor Perry was asked also about the law passed in Arizona which aims to identify, prosecute and deport illegal immigrants, "I don't think what they passed in Arizona will pass for Texas. I've said that publicly , you cannot have a conversation about immigration reform until you secure the border."