Texas Homeland Security
Strategic Plan 2010-2015
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5805 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, Texas 78752
The State of Texas is one of the more complex homeland security challenges in the nation. Its vast size, unique role in the nation’s economy, proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, 1,200 miles of international border, and an ever-growing and diverse population pose a unique combination of threats that are not seen anywhere else in America.
In 2003, Governor Rick Perry established a Texas Homeland Security office in order to coordinate the resources and responses necessary to prevent, protect from, prepare for and respond to all threats of terrorism and disaster.
News & Announcements
Friday, September 26, 2014 Austin, Texas Press Release
Texas State Guard Saves Lives During Search for Human Remains in Brooks County
A special state search team, trained in rescue and recovery operations and ordered by Gov. Rick Perry to assist Brooks County with locating human remains of suspected illegal immigrants, is also saving lives during its mission.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Sends Letter to Mexican President Peña Nieto, Invites Him to Texas
"I read with interest and concern your comments regarding border security on the week of September 11, which called Texas' increased law enforcement presence on the border "unpleasant" and "reprehensible." As neighbors and economic partners, Mexico and the United States are inextricably bound by shared interests and culture. As friends we might not always agree, but we must have an honest and respectful dialogue about the challenges we share, which is why I write to you today."
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Austin, Texas Press Release
In Case You Missed It: Texas National Guard Arrives at Border in Support of Operation Strong Safety
The Texas Military Forces (TMF) report the first group of Texas National Guard (TXNG) soldiers and airmen have arrived along the Texas-Mexico border to take up observational posts in support of the Texas Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Operation Strong Safety.
Friday, August 29, 2014 Austin, Texas Proclamation
Gov. Perry Renews Proclamation Extending Drought Emergency
Gov. Rick Perry has renewed a proclamation extending drought emergency for specified counties due to the ongoing exceptional drought conditions across the state. The proclamation directs necessary resources be made available to aid response efforts and notes the ongoing strain on water resources.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Visits Texas National Guard Soldiers and Airmen Training for Deployment in Support of Operation Strong Safety
Gov. Rick Perry today visited the Camp Swift Army National Guard Training facility for a status report on the Texas National Guard's (TXNG) training and deployment in support of Operation Strong Safety to combat crime and drug cartel activity in the border region. The governor, joined by Texas Adjutant General John Nichols and Texas Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steve McCraw, thanked the soldiers and airmen for their commitment and dedication to protecting our state and our nation.
Monday, July 21, 2014 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Deploys Texas National Guard Troops to Border
Gov. Rick Perry today directed Texas Adjutant General John Nichols to immediately begin preparations for the deployment of up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. These troops will support the Texas Department of Public Safety's (DPS) ongoing law enforcement surge, Operation Strong Safety, which is focused on combatting criminal activity in the region resulting from the federal government's failure to adequately secure the border.
Monday, July 21, 2014 Austin, Texas Press Release
ICYMI: Governor Rick Perry On Securing The Border
A Collection Of Recent Coverage From Governor Rick Perry's Efforts To Secure The Border
Friday, July 11, 2014 Austin Texas Editorial
Securing the Border Must be Top Priority
President Obama's appropriations request only deals with one aspect of the current crisis on our southern border, while barely addressing its root cause: an unsecured border.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 Dallas, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Presses President Obama to Immediately Secure Southern Border
Gov. Rick Perry today met with President Barack Obama to discuss the ongoing humanitarian and national security crises occurring along the Texas-Mexico border. In the meeting, Gov. Perry urged the president to undertake the necessary steps to secure the border and ease the crises.
Thursday, July 03, 2014 McAllen, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Appears Before U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, Urges Stronger Federal Action on Border Crisis
Gov. Rick Perry told Members of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security today that urgent federal action is required to stem the humanitarian and national security crises unfolding along the Texas-Mexico border. The governor's testimony highlighted the inability of the federal government to secure the border, and touched on efforts that the state is undertaking to help alleviate the crises, including the $1.3 million per week Texas Department of Public Safety surge announced June 18.