Perry Delivers Border Security Message To Obama

Texas – Texas Gov. Rick Perry has hand-delivered a letter to President Barack Obama warning about the "dire threat" from drug violence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Perry, dressed in a tan suit and cowboy boots, handed the letter to Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett Monday after greeting Obama at the airport in Austin. Obama is in Texas for fundraisers and a speech to students at the University of Texas.

Perry, a Republican, clapped when Obama descended from Air Force One and then shook hands with the Democratic president. In his letter, Perry said there was "mounting evidence of spillover violence" from Mexico and asked Obama to send more resources to the region to "step up and finally do what is needed to secure our borders."

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