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. Angiolieri

    Perry represents fully the conservatives of today. loud-mouth, alien to principles and to reasoning.

    April 3, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    The fine people of Texas should be embarassed for voting this man into the governor's office. Gov Perry is so blinded with hate for immigrants that he can't recognize the prime suspects as USA born citizens of the Aryan Brotherhood.

    April 3, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. talldarkfree

    Interesting...Now this idiot Rick Perry is calling for "Federal Intervention and Tax Dollars"? Hasn't he called for Texas to be separated from the Union, as well as denying the citizens of Texas access to Obamacare? I'm a Texan, and can't wait until he's up for re-election. He's such an embarassment to this state....

    April 3, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. just askin

    TrinityLee
    @just askin–
    Know as in after attending town meetings and speaking with officials... not speculating like the rest.
    -–

    ok, so now you expect us to believe that law enforcement is revealing intimate details of an ongoing double murder investigation at town meetings? seriously???

    April 3, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. 2012liberal

    And Spin spin spin. Oh did i not say sit first?!

    April 3, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. just askin

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

    but if you're a drug cartel wanting to get even, it sure gives you a good scape goat and diversion does it?

    April 3, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Laverne

    Perry should be ashamed of himself trying to pin this on illegal immigrants without any proof! Furthermore, the Obama administration has put more boots on the ground than any other administration and plus how can we afford to hire anymore federal workers when the republicans are hell bent on firing all of them now. These people are stuck on studid for sure!

    April 3, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz

    This is a state where they promote guns. Well Texas, you reap what you sow.

    April 3, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. Peoples State of Illinois

    @Pandamonius
    DA speaks out against the Aryan Brotherhood, and a few days later is murdered. Yep....must have been them illegal immigrants!
    --------------------
    Get the name right. Its "undocumented democrats." According to the AP.

    April 3, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    just askin' wrote:

    ok, so now you expect us to believe that law enforcement is revealing intimate details of an ongoing double murder investigation at town meetings? seriously???
    ------------------------–
    Seriously? Didn't you just hear Gov. Perry tell that it was those illegals behind these murders? And didn't you believe it?

    "All too easy."

    April 3, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz

    Gov. Perry, maybe you haven't been following the news, but there's this thing going on called SEQUESTER. Maybe you've heard of it. Federal workers are being furloughed. Do you want the 82 Airborne on the border? And if you do, how do you want them funded?

    April 3, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. jed clampett

    What was the name of that hunting ranch Parry used to frequent?

    April 3, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. Jules

    Right – the skinheads are coming over the border. The people doing these killings aren't worried about any borders. Perry just shows that he hasn't gotten any smarter since his campaign for the GOP nomination for president.

    April 3, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. Jules

    Maybe you haven't heard governor, we don't have any tax dollars for the borders. We had more boots on the ground there than ever before, but you know, this sequester thing happened. Guess the state will just have to put the money up to beef up your police departments.

    April 3, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. v_mag

    Well, there are 2 ways, at least, that Perry can be wrong here, and no ways he can be right. If he's just making things up, he's a lying doofus. On the other hand, if there is any truth to his illegal alien connection to the murder, then he shouldn't be compromising the investigation by leaking details.

    I vote "lying doofus". Fits the profile better.

    April 3, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. From Texas

    @Randy, From San Francisco: Some of us are very embarassed. I am a native Houstonian living in Dallas and I am very embarassed about many individuals in our state leadership. I also think Ted Cruz is a huge embarassment. One thing that would help is if Democrats (Texas Democrats and others) would support Texas Democrats running for state when the Texas Republicans have put up a wingnut. People give Texas to Republican wingnuts. And then Texas gives the nation these embarassments. Note: I am not against all Republicans and have even voted for some.

    April 3, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. judith

    Old Jethro Bodine (aka Rick Perry) is at it again. He's the single dumbest man ever elected to high office (possibly with the exception of fellow Texan, George W. Bush). If this man represents the collective I.Q. of Texas, the state is as dumb as a rock.

    April 3, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. TrinityLee

    @just askin

    At no point in my post did I claim such a juvenile thing regarding the officials disclosing intimate details of the case. Rather that our community is attempting to process what has taken place over the past months [the second set of killings to take place in our community against our officials]. And I will tell you that concerns about various groups were raised and addressed. And as an investigator I know how and what information to disclose. And as an aside to my original point, Gov. Perry should be more careful what information he shares and how he points to any particular group.

    And keep my community in your thoughts and prayers if you could.

    April 3, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    A sheriff was just shot outside a WV courthouse...point blank...while in his car. Suspect just waltzed up and took him out. MSM busy with the whitewashing of it...you'll get a diluted story later.

    April 3, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. NotFooledByDistractions

    Good lord, stop this gomer from embarrassing himself.

    April 3, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. NotFooledByDistractions

    Perhaps it's not border security and illegal immigrants mr. perry – perhaps it's gay marriage that lead to those deaths! Maybe it's abortion that lead to them?! Good lord.

    April 3, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. Pete

    Perry better quit speculating or his head might end up on a stick like others found over on the Mexican side of the border ..And stay out of the Aryan brothrrhoods face Perry because those white supremisist don't care who they shoot as long as its not them and man do they hate anything government,just ask them!!It's known in most southern states that the Aryan groups nationwide do contract work for certain illegal groups to raise cash and they've sided many a time with the klan as well at many a rally down south!

    April 3, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. Guest

    Rule 1 of liberal indoctrination: Any organization of white people is a racist, hate group...any organization of other ethnic groups is for civil and social equality and cultural advancement / remembrance / celebration.

    April 3, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. hornetbut

    a little early, but..if it is .... and perry was for guest workers

    April 3, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. just askin

    TrinityLee
    @just askin
    At no point in my post did I claim such a juvenile thing regarding the officials disclosing intimate details of the case. Rather that our community is attempting to process what has taken place over the past months [the second set of killings to take place in our community against our officials]. And I will tell you that concerns about various groups were raised and addressed. And as an investigator I know how and what information to disclose.
    --
    well quite frankly you made statements here that absolved a group of people when no such statements should ever be made this early in an investgation. anybody and everybody should be suspects with all leads being pursued until the guilty party is apprehended.

    And as an aside to my original point, Gov. Perry should be more careful what information he shares and how he points to any particular group.
    --–
    i agree. i condemn any statements attributing to or absolving any group before all the facts are gathered and evaluated and the perpetrators in custody. everybody needs to just shut up and let law enforcement do their job without turnin gthis into a tv spectacle.

    And keep my community in your thoughts and prayers if you could.
    ---
    we all do. the people who did this need to be brought to justice.

    April 3, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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