POSTED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 5:09pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 7:18am
Texas Governor Rick Perry was quick to react to the murder of three people in Juarez who had ties to the U.S. consulate.
In a statement Gov. Perry said, "It is imperative that the federal government immediately provide additional resources to prevent spillover violence, but with the safety of Texans on the line, we can't afford to wait."
With that statement Gov. Perry activated the first phase of the Texas spillover violence contingency plan.
The plan will increase surveillance of border activity by state and local law enforcement. It will also increase ground, air, and maritime patrol presence along with more DPS helicopter patrol operations along the Rio Grande.
On Wednesday we called everyone from DPS to Customs and Border Protection to see how this plan will affect or add to current operations.
The answers were similar, some said they couldn't say anything about the plan while others admitted that nothing has changed and no specific measures or directions were given by the governors office.
To clear the air the El Paso county judge's office set the record straight. Perry's plan as of right now is in phase one which only increases communication between agencies and offices around the state. If information comes in that the situation along the border may get worse, that's when the other phases of this plan come into play.