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

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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


    I heard about that story as well. It baffles me why CNN hasn't reported on it yet.

    April 3, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    Oops! Is there any brain matter in this guy's head?
    Hello bozo. The Aryan brotherhood NOT illegals! Get it?
    Gawd, how can people in Texas be this stupid!!! He is not as dangerous and bat sh** crazy as Cruz p, the Canadian, but what are they drinking down there???

    April 3, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. don in albuquerque

    Fools! Everybody knows it was the Klingons!

    April 3, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. gwats

    For Gods sakes Rick, please, I'm begging you, shut up!

    April 3, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    It seems most of the sub human gop garbage now a days comes from Texas ,bush ,Cruz ,Perry ,Dallas cowboys ance texan .

    April 3, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. Greg in Arkansas

    I think that the enviornmental activists (AKA tree huggers that oppose the Keystone Pipeline) might also be involved....probably the Global Warming crowd too.....even wouldn't put it past the athiests that oppose school prayer either.......pretty sad when the Gov uses senless murders to push his political agenda...

    April 3, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. Donkey Party

    Illegal immigration at record lows, deportations at record highs. Why won't the LSM report the truth, instead of letting Gov. "Oops" and the GOP lie so blatantly?

    April 3, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. Wake up People!

    The saddest thing is, people actually thought think this guy is fit to hold office. Only in the south.

    Don't blame the Aryans, it was the Mexicans...... UN-freeking–believable.

    April 3, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Maybe if Perry and the gop weren't such failures ,they could secure their own border with Mexico . Is it not true that the gop morons campaign on less federal involment in their states so do it your self moron!!!!

    April 3, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. sick of republican phonies

    "...though he provided no evidence to support the claim." Of COURSE he didn't- he's a republican.

    April 3, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. James Bond

    Thank god this idiot has shown he has no core, perfect republican.

    April 3, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. don in albuquerque

    Elect William Shatner President of Texas today!

    April 3, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. v_mag

    Just when you think Mark Sanford will take some of the spotlight off how much of a doofus Perry is, he opens his mouth, and he's back in the glare of the headlights. Thanks, Rickie, for making us look stupid again.

    April 3, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. republicanazzwipe

    this guys as whacked as Sarah Perry err, Palin

    April 3, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "I heard about that story as well. It baffles me why CNN hasn't reported on it yet."

    Not me. It's starting to look like the NRA and GOP/Teatrolls are finally getting what they've been wanting with all their talk of "second amendment solutions" and rhetoric and demagoguery that is undeniably tailored to appeal to, appease, rile, anger and scare exactly these types of people and groups. WV may or may not have been at all related to the TX murders, but copycats will copycat. Expect more.

    April 3, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. James Bond

    Guest i wonder, do you even recognize the truth anymore, you sir, are pathetic, i truly mean that. absolutely clueless, hey, how about explaining the iraq war, didnt think so, loser

    April 3, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. Autumn

    I vote to let everyone come here legally......just come on in. Hurry up. Let them get W-2 wage earning jobs like the rest of us! No e-verify. We need them to pay income/social security tax dollars like the rest. As it is now.....too many of them are doing cash paying jobs and not claiming/paying a dime in income taxes....and then collecting subsidies on the side. Heck, they probably have more money than me! Serta mattress stock is going up......

    April 3, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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