Perry sending National Guard troops to border

Deployment will cost Texas an estimated $12M a month to combat criminals that some say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally
Associated Press
Jul 22, 2014

Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally.

Perry, a vocal critic of the White House's response to the border crisis — and who is mulling a second presidential run in 2016 — said the state has a responsibility to act after "lip service" from the federal government.

He rejected suggestions that Texas was militarizing local communities by putting National Guard troops on the ground or that crime data along the border doesn't justify additional resources.

The deployment will cost Texas an estimated $12 million a month. Texas Adjutant General John Nichols said his troops would simply be "referring and deterring" immigrants and not detaining people — though Nichols said the National Guard could if asked.

"We think they'll come to us and say, 'Please take us to a Border Patrol station," Nichols said.

More than 3,000 Border Patrol agents currently work in the region, and Perry has repeatedly asked Obama to send the National Guard to the border. Much of the area has been overwhelmed in recent months by tens of thousands of unaccompanied children illegally entering the U.S.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection didn't respond to a request for comment Monday.

As governor, Perry is commander in chief of Texas military forces unless those forces have already been mobilized by the White House. But if Perry deploys National Guard troops it is up to Texas to pay for them, while an order from Obama would mean Washington picks up the tab.

"Gov. Perry has referred repeatedly to his desire to make a symbolic statement to the people of Central America that the border is closed," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. "And he thinks that the best way to do that is to send 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. It seems to me that a much more powerful symbol would be the bipartisan passage of legislation that would actually make a historic investment in border security and send an additional 20,000 personnel to the border."

Earnest also said the White House hasn't received the kind of "formal communication" with Perry's office that usually accompanies such deployments.

President George W. Bush sent 6,000 National Guard troops to the border in 2006, and Obama eventually extended that deployment while ordering a second wave of National Guard forces to Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico in 2010. But the second round saw reduced numbers of troops, and most of their work was limited to air patrols in counterdrug operations.

Perry announced last month that Texas would steer another $1.3 million each week to the Department of Public Safety to assist in border security through at least the end of the year. In a letter to Obama on June 20, Perry made several requests for help along the border, including 1,000 National Guard troops, additional helicopters and giving troops "arrest powers to support Border Patrol operations until sufficient Border Patrol resources can be hired, trained and deployed to the border."

It's not clear why Perry would need the Obama administration to authorize arrest powers and the governor's office has not offered details ahead of the announcement. Texas law simply states that the governor can "adopt rules and regulations governing enlistment, organization, administration" of the Texas State Guard.

In a White House letter to Perry on July 7, Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett laid out steps the administration was taking to deal with what the president had called an "urgent humanitarian situation," but did not mention the National Guard. Obama met with Perry two days later in Dallas, and the administration has worked with Mexico and other countries the immigrants are leaving to make it clear they will not be allowed to stay in the U.S.

On previous border deployments, National Guard soldiers have served in support roles — administrative, intelligence gathering — while the Border Patrol expanded its ranks. Some National Guard troops already participate in counter-drug operations on the border, though they don't have arrest powers.

Since October, more than 57,000 unaccompanied children and teenagers have entered the U.S. illegally — more than double compared to the same period a year earlier. Most have been from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, where rampant gang violence and intense poverty have driven tens of thousands of people outside their borders.

Their numbers overwhelmed Border Patrol facilities in the Rio Grande Valley, leading Perry and the Texas Department of Public Safety to argue that Border Patrol agents distracted by groups of children and families were leaving gaps.

Most of those children have been turning themselves in to the first person in a uniform they see.

 

Comments

Contango

Re: "FOCUS!!!!"

Is that a poor quality video or is he always jerky like that? :)

Typical; he thinks that if he just talks everything changes. lol

deertracker

It's your cheap azz computer!

Contango

Re: "It's your,"

Pres. "lotta talk, little action" Obama.

sugar

Wonder when Black Panther Holder will sue Texas like it did Arizona for attempting to defend it's borders.

deertracker

Proof????

freespeech1
deertracker

That's not proof! How would you like to be stopped and asked for proof of citizenship? Nice try wrong guy!

The Big Dog's back

The right wingnuts actually think that because they put down some kind of link, which are usually bogus, that it rubber stamps their claim.

jazzbo

Well said.

Any wack site is their proof or information.

Gottathink

I say, once again, we can send them to Ohio?

You can then have all your classes as ESL classes, make sure that there education is done in their language.

In some school Houston districts, that have spent millions of dollars attempting to educate the spanish speaking students, show an 80% drop out rate of the Hispanic school kids.

Contango

Re: "back into Mexico?"

Some Mexs, but the ones in question are from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Collateral damage from the U.S.' war on drugs.

Dr. Information

The citizens of America are fed up as more and more immigrants are being shipped all over the nation to towns where they eat up local dollars, can't speak English and bring disease with them.

Don't think it couldn't happen to a city like Norwalk. How would the town respond if 20 buses loaded with immigrants were dropped off with no jobs, no place to stay and Norwalk told......its your problem now, take care of them.

deertracker

How upset are the citizens about all the drugs Americans purchase? America's hands are not totally clean here.

Dr. Information

Off topic banter, stick to the subject. No Spin Zone.

Contango

Re: "drugs Americans purchase"

Per usual, this admin. sends mixed messages and shows how scr*wed up it is.

"Federal government moves to reduce sentences of 46,000 drug offenders"

http://www.latimes.com/nation/na...

deertracker

Off topic. Nonsensical blather!

Back at ya pooh!

Contango

Re: "Off topic."

How so?

If Americans buying drugs is the problem, then why is the Obama admin. letting drug offenders out of prison?

Mixed message.

deertracker

Stop talking stupidly to me!

Contango

Again: If drugs are the problem, then why is the admin. letting drug offenders out of jail?

jazzbo

Don't you listen to the news ?

Contango

Re: "listen,"

Do you read?

"The truth about the immigration 'crisis': Our drug policies and U.S.-backed tyrants created Central America’s culture of violence"

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/15/...

"Federal government moves to reduce sentences of 46,000 drug offenders"

http://www.latimes.com/nation/na...

The admin. is scr*wed up sending mixed messages.

jazzbo

Meaning that the explanation was on the news ?

Since you "missed it " you can always go to your computer and use what they call a ' search engine'-

You know - Google , Bing , etc.

Contango

Re: "Meaning that the explanation was on the news?"

Just believe what the Obama News Media tells you and NEVER question.

jazzbo

You are no example of open mindedness or sophistication .

Contango

Re: "no example,"

Opinions vary.

jazzbo

Perhaps your cat thinks so.

Contango

Re: "cat,"

No cat, just your blathering delusion.

jazzbo

My mistake , your wall thinks so.

Contango

Re: "My mistake,"

When were you ever correct?

jazzbo

Child.

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