U.S. Mexico Sign New Border Safety Partnership; Gov. Perry Sends Rangers to the Border

This past week, DHS announced that the United States and Mexico will establish a new cross-border communications network including voice, data and video channels to support their law enforcement and public safety agencies, officials announced.  The Homeland Security Department and the Secretariat of Public Security of Mexico will coordinate the installation and operation of the network, according to DHS. DHS, the State department and Mexican officials signed the agreement, which also provides for joint protection from radio interference and jamming.

In other news, today Gov. Rick Perry announced that special teams of Texas Rangers will be deployed to the Texas-Mexico border to deal with increasing violence because "the federal government has failed to address growing problems there."  "It is an expansive effort with the Rangers playing a more high-profile role than they've ever played before," Perry said of the Department of Public Safety's elite investigative unit.

And yet, I wonder if anyone has asked Gov. Perry if he is equally enthusiastic about revisiting Texas gun laws and/or criminal punishment for illicit weapons.