Texas Gov. Rick Perry hits back as Mexican president criticizes National Guard on border

Texas Gov. Rick Perry fired back this week at the president of Mexico over Perry’s decision to deploy the National Guard at the U.S.-Mexico border, declaring in a letter he will use any legal means to protect his state from illegal immigration – whether Mexico likes it or not.

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Perry’s letter was in response to comments Mexican President Pena Nieto made during an interview last week with the newspaper El Universal.

Nieto called Perry’s deployment of the Guard “not only unpleasant, I think it is reprehensible,” according to Breitbart.

“This attitude is totally deplorable and does not resolve a problem a problem that we have to face in a joint manner,” Nieto said.

“Reprehensible” is a pretty strong word. Perry’s response Wednesday was equally strong.

“I read with interest and concern your comments regarding border security on the week of September 11, which called Texas’ increased law enforcement presence on the border “unpleasant” and “reprehensible,” he began.

After discussing the shared interests of the Texas state and the Mexican government, he cut to the chase:

Our partnership cannot advance if we fail to acknowledge the serious issues associated with lax border enforcement along both of our southern borders.

Putting an end to that “lax border enforcement” would be the responsibility – but that’s not going to happen with a president whose executive orders in 2012 helped spurt the summer’s crisis of illegal immigrants from Central America crossing Mexico to enter Texas. And that flood of immigration poses dangers to both sides of the border, Perry wrote.

The fact is, cartel violence plagues our international border and jeopardizes the security of citizens on both sides of the border. Furthermore, the number of illegal alien apprehensions in this country has been on the rise for the past few years.

Given the Obama administration’s unwillingness to act to solve a problem it is largely responsible for, Perry made clear that he would take the responsibility himself.

I will continue to act as necessary to uphold my constitutional obligations, and when it comes to the safety and security of Texans, I will not be dissuaded by rhetoric of any kind.

Reprehensible? More like responsible.

Maybe the White House could take a lesson.

 

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at jpjs[email protected].

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