A welcome visit to Laredo by Governor Rick Perry, who stood side by side with local and state leaders, admitting the lack of border security is a big problem.
“When the governor candidate of Tamaulipas is assassinated across the border, when a car bomb goes off in El Paso and when we have intersections blocked in Nuevo Laredo and gun battles raging, there’s a problem.”
The blame, he says, directly falls on the Obama and previous administrations, who he says are not doing enough.
“They don’t get it. I don’t know how to put it more sincerely.”
Perry says the state of Texas has invested millions in border security but bottom line…
“This is not our responsibility.”
And recent attempts to help will not work.
“On its face it is a bit offensive when you think we've got a 1,200 mile border and they're gonna send 280 national guard troops.”
But after Perry's comments, local officials worry that more empty promises are in store if a unified effort to fix the problem doesn't come soon.
“You know, I think he is concerned but we've heard a lot of rhetoric. We're still waiting for boots on the ground. We're still waiting for assistance.”