October 16, 2011
The Washington Post, 10/16/11
A little before dawn on a sticky summer night in June, one of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’sRanger Reconnaissance Teams was running a clandestine operation along the Rio Grande when its surveillance squad came across a Dodge Durango pickup truck loaded with bales of Mexican marijuana.
Bad idea, messing with Texas.
The lawmen chased the truck along the river, with a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter swooping overhead and Texas game wardens roaring down the Rio Grande in boats, state authorities said. In minutes, the traffickers had ditched the truck in the muddy water and were rafting the dope back to Mexico.
Then the shooting started.
October 1, 2011
BBC News, 10/1/11
Texas Governor Rick Perry – who is seeking the Republican nomination for US president – has said he would consider sending American troops into Mexico to combat drug-related violence. Mr Perry was speaking during a campaign appearance in New Hampshire.
“It may require our military in Mexico working in concert with them to kill these drug cartels and keep them off our border,” he said.
Such a move would go far beyond current US involvement in Mexico’s drugs war. The suggestion is also likely to irritate Mexico’s government over the sensitive issue, correspondents say. Governor Perry gave no further details of what sort of possible military intervention he would consider.
October 1, 2011
The Dallas Morning News, 10/1/11
Gov. Rick Perry suggested Saturday that Mexico’s raging drug war requires deployment of U.S. troops to Mexico — an idea that would offend Mexican sensibilities, though Perry couched the idea only in the context of cooperation.
“It may require our military, in Mexico, working in concert with them, to kill these drug cartels and to keep them off our border and to destroy their networks. It is very important for us to work with them to keep that country from failing,” he said during a stop in Manchester.
Mexicans, recalling the Mexican-American War, have long cast a wary eye northward. The public, and much of officialdom, resists anything that smacks of an armed incursion.
October 1, 2011
The New York Times, 10/1/11
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas said on Saturday that as president, he would consider sending American troops into Mexico to help defeat drug cartels and improve border security. He indicated that any such action would be done “in concert” with the Mexican government.
“It may require our military in Mexico working in concert with them to kill these drug cartels and to keep them off of our border and to destroy their network,” Mr. Perry said during a campaign appearance here.
“I don’t know all the different scenarios that would be out there,” he said. “But I think it is very important for us to work with them to keep that country from failing.”
August 31, 2011
The Houston Chronicle, 8/31/11
Imagination is the key tool missing in the political arena.
Immigration policy, especially, suffers from a lack of creative solutions and imagined possibilities for a better future, not just for immigrants but for all of us. The undocumented population recently was estimated at approximately 12 million. However, no one knows for sure how many there are in the United States.
By definition, the undocumented are unrepresented in our political process, but also in our census. There is no way to accurately count them. There is no way for them to forcefully represent themselves, their interests or to communicate their political will unless citizens and advocates do it for them.