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Texas OKs private border security contractor

It's not a sales pitch heard too often, but farmers and ranchers here have a new, tax-deductible option for improving their businesses — and the company offering it promises to take a bullet for its client. It's a pitch that fits well with the mythic ethos of the West: If the government cannot protect its citizens, it’s up to the individual.
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Aug 11, 2011, 9:42 am
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I agree with Senator Hinojosa. I do not support private contractors “policing” our border.

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Aug 11, 2011, 10:34 am
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When asked if Gov. Rick Perry believes such a private security force is needed on the border, or if he has concerns that such a company might act outside the scope of the law, a spokeswoman instead criticized the federal government.

This from a supposed presidential candidate?!
The TX governor cannot speak for himself? Obviously it is his fear of political repercussion.

I too agree with Senator Hinojosa:
That ought to be the responsibility of the state, not private contractors,” says state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. “Look at the mess we have in Iraq with Blackwater. I do not support private security firms coming in and doing law enforcement work when we have our own DPS people, our own Texas Rangers, which respond directly to us, the Texas Legislature.

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