Several weeks after announcing a plan to deploy Texas National Guard troops along his state’s border with Mexico, Texas Gov. Rick Perry received a critical letter from the neighboring country that just happened to coincide with the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Released last Wednesday, Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs used the press release to expound on a previous statement deriding Perry’s plan to deal with the illegal immigration crisis.
“The measure taken unilaterally by the Texas government is clearly erroneous and does not contribute to the efforts being made by our countries to create a secure border an a solution to the issue of immigration,” the statement read.
Perry published a letter he sent to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto
“As neighbors and economic partners,” he wrote, “Mexico and the United States are inextricably bound by shared interests and culture. As friends we might not always agree, but we must have an honest and respectful dialogue about the challenges we share, which is why I write to you today.”
“I believe strongly that our continued prosperity depends on a partnership that works collaboratively to address our shared border security challenges, rather than marginalizing the legitimate views of one side,” he wrote. “Our partnership cannot advance if we fail to acknowledge the serious issues associated with lax border enforcement along both of our southern borders.”
Perry sternly writes “will not be dissuaded by rhetoric of any kind”
Furthermore Perry invites Nieto to Texas “the United States and Mexico can work as partners to find solutions to these challenges, now and in the future.”