Perry ties illegal immigration to Texas DA killing
April 3rd, 2013
01:22 PM ET
1 year ago

Perry ties illegal immigration to Texas DA killing

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry drew parallels on Wednesday between the recent killing of a Texas district attorney and the security of his state's border with Mexico, though he provided no evidence to support the claim.

Perry, a candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, maintains the Obama administration has not put enough boots on the ground to secure the border.

Asked about theories that influential prison gang the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas was involved in that killing and another in January, Perry responded on Fox News, "I think it's obviously too early to be speculating on whether there is any direct contact but I think it's wise for us to not overlook any evidence that either may be superficial or otherwise.

"So they are here, they are active in this state. We know the drug cartels are very, very active in our country now," he continued.

Perry then said the issue "goes back ... to the whole issue of border security," specifically citing "the failure of the federal government to put the men and women, whether they are military or whether they are border patrol or whether they're working with the local law enforcement ... spend the dollars necessary to secure the border with Mexico."

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors extremist groups, and the FBI say the brotherhood is a white supremacist criminal group whose activities involve murder, extortion and drug trafficking.

Perry said in the show that securing the border will "make sure that these individuals who are having rather free access at this particular point in time and whether it's taking money and guns into Mexico or drugs coming back and prostitution and sex trade back in to the United States."

"You secure the border and it makes it harder for these individuals to have access into this country as well as it addresses this issue that's hanging out on immigration," he said.

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers are currently negotiating a comprehensive immigration package.

Meanwhile in Kaufman County, Texas, authorities are investigating the March 30 killing of Mike and Cynthia McLelland, a district attorney and his wife, as well as any connections to the January 31 killing of prosecutor Mark Hasse.

The involvement of white supremacist groups are among many avenues the investigators are pursuing, according to reports.

"Unfortunately we live in a very dangerous world, whether it's in North Korea or whether it's right here in the state of Texas," Perry said.

– CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report


Filed under: Immigration • Mexico • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Mr. Ummmm "I don't remember the 3rd one" needs to shut his pie hole. I don't see any connection between illegal immigration and these 2 killings. Some common sense and street smart people know what a hit looks like. And this was a hit.

    April 3, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. simp

    Perry is just trying to get the heat off of the Aryn brotherhod, wonder why???????

    April 3, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Donna

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry drew parallels on Wednesday between the recent killing of a Texas district attorney and the security of his state's border with Mexico, though he provided no evidence to support the claim.
    =============

    Yeah, so what? The LSM didn't offer any proof when they claimed it was tied to white supremicists. At this point it is all speculation but the press shouldn't be reporting speculation because they are almost always WRONG.

    April 3, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. rs

    He has no proof, no arrests, and his theory runs counter to everyone else's.... what a disgusting individual.
    We will wait and see what real law enforcement discovers before passing judgement.

    April 3, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Anthony in California

    "though he provided no evidence to support the claim."

    Save a pretzel for the gas jet.......

    April 3, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. Malory Archer

    Considering the DA & his wife knew they were targets, why would she open the door to strangers – especially strangers of the illegal immigrant variety? No, they knew and trusted their killer(s).

    April 3, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. rs

    It is nice to see Perry has sunk to the depths with Brewer- this is just another version of her "headless bodies in the desert". Too bad Perry's are real.

    April 3, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. g

    case closed

    April 3, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "a white supremacist criminal group whose activities involve murder, extortion and drug trafficking. "

    Terrorists. Period.

    April 3, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. Guest

    Since when do liberals stand on fact or priciple? This site is always worth a laugh!

    April 3, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Perry is just trying to get the heat off of the Aryn brotherhod, wonder why???????"

    Same reason the MSM won't use the words "terrorist" or "terrorism" in the articles about the Aryan Brotherhood, but throws them in all over the place when talking about the Muslim Brotherhood.

    April 3, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Perry should know better than to speak about ongoing criminal investigations. If he doesn't, then he should be surrounded by advisors and people who do know better. Perry broke the rule, and then some. He expressed his opinions as if they were facts.

    April 3, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. just sayin

    "a criminal government group whose activities involve murder, international smuggling and gun trafficking. "

    Terrorists... The Obama Adminstration.

    April 3, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. TrinityLee

    As a resident of Kaufman County, we know that immigrants had nothing to do with these tragedies. I don't understand how our elected leader would try to tie these two separate issues together. What we need now is leadership and security, not politicking.

    April 3, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. Ed

    But hasn't President Obama done more than any other President when it comes to securing the Mexican border?

    April 3, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Perry has the right to say what he wants! i thought this was a country of free speach. mexican thungs have been causing Texas,all kind of problems for years. And anyway in prison the AB BROTHERHOOD, AND MEXICAN GANGS work together. its all about the money.get you facts straight!

    April 3, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    Bottom line: the Faux Noise/World Net Daily/Druge/Red State/Breitbart Teatroll whackadoos are testing the waters on blaming it on illegals who snuck into the country to distract from the negative publicity the white supremacists are getting.

    April 3, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @just sayin
    "a criminal government group whose activities involve murder, international smuggling and gun trafficking. "

    Terrorists... The Obama Adminstration.

    April 3, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |

    ***********************************************************************************************************
    Terrorists = The United StatesInvading Iraq with pretense that it has weapons of mass destruction

    April 3, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. just askin

    TrinityLee
    As a resident of Kaufman County, we know that immigrants had nothing to do with these tragedies
    --–

    so you are telepathic or did you witness the crime? or did you do it? these are the only way 'you know". you're speculating like the rest.

    April 3, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. PJ

    @Donna:
    ---
    The "LSM" only reported that the white supremists were suspects. Law enforcement is looking at every possibilty
    for this tragedy, and the media reports what they say. Instead of showing your Faux colors, maybe you
    should be more informed before you open your mouth.
    Governor Perry "provided no evidence to support the claim", because he has none. That's the "so what". He,
    of all people here in Texas should not have said anything until this is done. Unless, of course, his own
    failures as Governor are becoming more evident, so he's playing the "blame" card.
    What has he done to crack down on the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas? Apparently, not much. "They are here,
    they are very active in this State". Great comment. I feel safer.

    April 3, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. TrinityLee

    @just askin–

    Know as in after attending town meetings and speaking with officials... not speculating like the rest.

    April 3, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. James Bond

    Southern hottie, does the saying "some men you just cant reach" seem appropriate. he is a waste of time, and has zero interest in the truth, blind follower of the rightwing insanity propaganda machine, fueled by faux news, the only news station that makes their own news, toxic place to get informed

    April 3, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    just askin wrote:

    so you are telepathic or did you witness the crime? or did you do it? these are the only way 'you know". you're speculating like the rest.
    ----------------
    At this point, everything is speculation. Nothing changes the fact that Gov. Perry's speculations are being presented as facts, for which he should know better. He's expressing his opinions surrounding an ongoing criminal investigation. Most unprofessional

    April 3, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. Pandamonius

    DA speaks out against the Aryan Brotherhood, and a few days later is murdered. Yep....must have been them illegal immigrants!

    April 3, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Romney is Still NOT My Hero

    Why doesn't Perry just pray for all the illegals to just disappear like he did for all that rain? Ooops... That didn't work. Okay, well maybe TX should just secede like they always wanted and handle their own problems however they choose.

    April 3, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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