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Perry said that most have been focusing on the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children crossing into America when discussing the border crisis. And while he said what they are going through is a “tragedy,” it is important to remember that the children only make up about 20 percent of all the illegals flooding America’s borders.
“80 percent of those coming across, we don’t know who they are,” Perry said. “In Katy, Texas yesterday an individual was apprehended who had murdered an individual in Louisiana.”
The [two also] discussed a 9-year-old girl who was recently molested by an illegal immigrant in Texas, and Perry said there have been roughly 3,000 murders by illegals in the past six years.
“That’s unacceptable, and that’s the reason that we have to secure that border,” Perry said.
The governor said he and his team are “methodically, thoughtfully going through this process” of determining how to best secure the border, and
“hoping against hope, frankly, that the federal government’s going to be a partner in this.”
Operation Drawbridge provides that capability using low cost, commercially off the shelf technology that has been adapted to meet law enforcement needs and the needs of our close partners which includes the Texas Border Sheriffs, U.S. Border Patrol, and Texas land owners.
Unfortunately, there are insufficient personnel resources to adequately cover the entire border region, therefore the effective use of detection technologies is a vital component in a multi-dimensional strategy.