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IRVING – Gov. Rick Perry called for the use of unarmed Predator drones to patrol the Texas-Mexico border on Monday as he tried to shore up his border security credentials in a campaign stop at the Irving Police Association Hall.
Perry said he has asked the U.S. Department of Defense to deploy a Predator – the unmanned aircraft used by the military both for gathering intelligence and carrying out missile strikes – to help improve border security and provide "real-time" data. Predators are now in use at the Arizona border for surveillance of drug and migrant smuggling.
Perry, who is seeking a third full term as governor, also emphasized his fight against transnational gangs through law enforcement grants that have gone to the cities of Arlington, Fort Worth, Garland and Irving.
Montalvo told reporters the unmanned aircraft would be used for "mobility" or traffic issues, evacuations during storms, homeland security, search and rescue, and also "tactical." She admitted that could include covert police actions and she said she was not ruling out someday using the drones for writing traffic tickets.
Running for the post of the Governor, he has promised that if elected, he would be creating about 100,000 new jobs. He also claimed that he would be making electricity free for all
In fact, so confident was he about his ability to ensure jobs for every Texan that he promised to pay $10 million to the state if he failed in his endeavor.
Around the same time, Perry appeared to express a willingness to deploy U.S. troops across the border to bolster the fight being waged against Mexican drug cartels. "I think we have to use every aspect of law enforcement that we have including the military," he said during an appearance on MSNBC