Texas governor sends Rangers to Mexico border

Perry accuses federal government of failing to ‘adequately secure’ zone

Image: Gov. Rick Perry Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks about border security during a news conference on Thursday in Houston.
David J. Phillip / AP

APTRANS.gif updated 3:29 a.m. MT, Fri., Sept . 11, 2009

HOUSTON – Special teams of Texas Rangers will be deployed to the Texas-Mexico border to deal with increasing violence because the federal government has failed to address growing problems there, Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday.

"It is an expansive effort with the Rangers playing a more high-profile role than they’ve ever played before," Perry said of the Department of Public Safety’s elite investigative unit.

The forces, dubbed "Ranger recon" teams, are the latest effort "to fill the gap that’s been left by the federal government’s ongoing failure to adequately secure our international border with Mexico," he said.

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