Texas Governor Wants Bush To Secure The Border

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Washington — President Bush’s renewed push for an immigrant guest worker program drew a skeptical response from the leader of his home state Wednesday as Texas Gov. Rick Perry called on the federal government to first secure the porous U.S.-Mexican border before enacting the guest worker plan.

‘Until the U.S.-Mexican border is secured to the point that we have substantially stopped the illegal trafficking of people and narcotics and terror, any discussion about a guest worker program is premature,’ Perry, normally a staunch Bush ally, said before returning to Texas after a two-day trip to Washington.

Perry also said he wants the federal government to declare the 2,000-mile border stretching from Texas to California a ‘high-risk threat area’ to enable it to qualify for additional law enforcement money from the Homeland Security Department.

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