Target: Texas Governor Rick Perry
Goal: Stop making baseless claims that terrorists are likely to cross the U.S.-Mexico border
Terrorism is never a pleasant subject, and so it is disheartening when anyone raises the specter of terrorist acts without cause; the results are never good ones. Recently, Governor Rick Perry of Texas stated that members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) “will slip across our un-secure border,” according to Think Progress. The governor went on to claim that there is “a very real possibility” that such terrorists already have, and are now loose in the United States. In reality, there is no evidence to back up the governor’s claims; indeed, no major terrorist organizations have any presence in the Western Hemisphere at all. There is no reason for Governor Perry to make such wild claims unless he is merely trying to scare people.
ISIS is a frightening organization to be sure; it has been responsible for a great deal of destruction and death in the Middle East. But there is absolutely no reason to believe that members of it or any other terrorist organization have come to the U.S. via the border with Mexico. Almost every terrorist that has acted in the U.S. within the past decade has been a citizen or an arrival with a legitimate visa, according to Think Progress. To make matters even worse for Governor Perry’s argument, the border is nowhere near as “un-secure” as he claimed it to be. In fact, the Associated Press reports that the border is more secure today than it has been in a very long time. Even if ISIS or another terrorist group wanted to cross from Mexico into the U.S., it would find the task much more difficult than Governor Perry would imagine.
Governor Perry should take greater care with his words. There is no need or reason to frighten people with imaginary threats. By signing this petition, you will urge the governor to stop spreading fear.
Dear Governor Perry,
Your recent claims that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) could easily cross the U.S.-Mexico border, and in fact may have already done so, were entirely without merit. There is absolutely no evidence that ISIS or any other major terrorist organization is even active in the Western Hemisphere. It is impossible for a group that isn’t present in Mexico to cross into the U.S.
Your words have the potential to cause unnecessary fear, and you should be more careful with them. I urge you to stop claiming that terrorists are infiltrating the U.S. unless you actually have evidence that this is the case.
[Your Name Here]
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