Congressman Vela releases statement on Governor Perry's National Guard deployment

Congressman Vela releases statement on Governor Perry's National Guard deployment
U.S. Congressman Filemon Vela's Office

POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2014 - 3:06pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 4:16pm

U.S. Congressman Filemon Vela (D-Brownsville) released the following statement today:

“One of the primary objections I have to the Cornyn-Cuellar border plan is its support for militarization of the southern border. I believe a more rational approach to the current unaccompanied child crisis would be to: (1) provide the needed resources and help to address cartel activity in Central America, Mexico and across the U.S.; (2) support Customs and Border Protection by providing the necessary funding to increase the number of agents and support personnel to process the influx of immigrants while allowing the agency to continue to accomplish their mission; and (3) provide funding to the immigrant court system to allow for speedier determinations pursuant to current law as to whether an undocumented immigrant should remain in this country or be sent back while protecting due process requirements of the U.S. Constitution.”

“If Governor Perry is so eager to deploy the National Guard, he should do so by sending them to cities with the most crime, which are not along the border. Drug cartels are present in cities across the U.S. – and have been for many years. For example, the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Drug Threat Assessment of 2011 explained that Mexican-based TCOs (Transnational Criminal Organizations) were operating in more than 1,000 U.S. cities during 2009 and 2010. This problem is not just confined to the U.S.-Mexico border. Violent crime is much less prevalent in South Texas than other Texas cities. According to an analysis by CQ Press using data from the FBI on murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft, the border towns of Brownsville and McAllen were safer than Midland, Bryan, Grand Prairie, College Station, Abilene, Mesquite, Austin, Pasadena, Tyler, Wichita Falls, Waco, Amarillo, Longview, Killeen, Lubbock, Odessa, Dallas, Beaumont, and Houston. Thus, sending the National Guard to a relatively safe region of the state, to combat a problem that impacts the entire state and nation – does not make sense.”

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You, Mr. Vela, need to go butt a stump and leave the Governor to protect us as you are not able to.

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