On Friday, Texas Governor Rick Perry spoke in Dallas at the Americans for Prosperity â€œDefending the Dreamâ€ summit.
His comments included the serious threat posed to his state as well as the rest of the nation by the wide-open, unsecured southern border. He addresses that issue and his decision to respond with the powers available to him as governor.
In the video Perry says, â€œBecause of the danger that is posed by these drug smugglers, these transnational gangs, the human traffickers, that is the reason that I deployed the National Guard to the border to secure it. He said, If Washington, D.C. will not do its job to secure that border, Texas will.â€
Perry said, â€œHereâ€™s what it comes down to. Defending the border is not a political option, it is a constitutional obligation. And until the federal government meets that duty, secures that border, all talk, all talk of immigration reform is pointless because Washington has no credibility on the matter.â€
He continues saying, â€œYou earn credibility when you enforce the law and you lose it when you do not. Chaos is not the right condition for discussing long term immigration reform. To those who wait on comprehensive immigration reform, hereâ€™s my answer. How about we start with comprehensive border enforcement?â€
He adds, â€œIâ€™m very concerned about the enforcing of the rule of law at home.â€
Governor Perry knows what is going on down at the border. Heâ€™s seen it firsthand and been briefed. If he is concerned we should all be concerned. The American people, through our representatives in Congress are going to have to demand a federal response or we will find ourselves reacting to a major terror strike. It is likely already too late to prevent a strike, but the risk becomes greater with each passing day of inaction.
Rick Wells is a conservative author who recognizes that our nation, our Constitution and our traditions are under a full scale assault from multiple threats. Please â€œLikeâ€ him on Facebook, â€œFollowâ€ him on Twitter or visitÂ www.rickwells.us