Requests information, coordination from ICE

Monday, March 04, 2013  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry, in a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton, called on the Obama Administration to provide state and local law enforcement with information regarding the release of criminal aliens into Texas communities. The administration has failed to coordinate with or provide details to states where detainees have been released.

“The release of criminal aliens into our communities by ICE is unconscionable. This action far surpasses the grandstanding Americans have come to associate with sequestration talks by potentially jeopardizing the safety of 26 million Texans – safety the federal government already compromises by falling short on border security,” Gov. Perry said. “Aside from allowing this federally sponsored jailbreak to occur, ICE has also failed to provide any information regarding the number of detainees released, their countries of origin, locations where these individuals have been released, and the reasons they were detained – despite repeated requests from my office. The finger pointing at the highest levels of the Obama administration and unwillingness to take responsibility for this massive security threat is unacceptable.”

Texas has Fusion Centers and Joint Operations and Intelligence Centers (JOIC) to streamline information sharing between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, which ICE failed to utilize. 
Gov. Perry continues to call on the federal government to fulfill its responsibility and secure our nation’s southern border. Because of the federal government’s failure to do so, Texas has invested hundreds of millions of state dollars to support and supplement border security efforts along our 1,200 mile border.

To view the governor’s letter to Director Morton, please visithttp://governor.state.tx.us/files/press-office/O-MortonJohn20130304.pdf