Texas Ranger Recon Teams battling Drug Cartels in Texas

AP – FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2009 file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks about border security

The governor hammered the White House this month for not sending enough National Guard troops and Border Patrol agents to Texas. When President Barack Obama signed $600 million in funding for more agents, unmanned drones and customs officers this month, Perry said, “It’s a good step in the right direction. Is it enough? I don’t think so.”

Perry announced the Ranger Recon program in the midst of his re-election primary campaign last September, two months after the program launched. The legislature had allocated about $230 million for border security during its last two sessions, he said.

“Landowners all along our border are finding their farms and ranches overrun by smuggling operations, often by armed individuals with no respect for property, the law or human life,” Perry said during a speech in Houston. “By introducing Ranger Recon teams that can stay on the move, we can stay one jump ahead of the cartels and beat them at their own game.”

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