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  • "There can be no national security without border security, and Texans have paid too high a price for the federal government's failure to secure our border," Mr. Perry says. "The action I am ordering today will tackle this crisis head-on by multiplying our efforts to combat the cartel activity, human traffickers and individual criminals who threaten the safety of people across Texas and America."

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  • Mr. Perry himself reports that in the past six years, Texas county jails have incarcerated on 203,000 "criminal aliens" who have committed 640,000 crimes, including over 3,000 homicides.

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