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: "Your wall,"????

You're hallucinating. Better seek immediate medical assistance.

jazzbo

What's the name of your psychiatrist ?

deertracker

Dr. Kessler's!

jazzbo

Dr. Kessler's works for cheap.

The Big Dog's back

LMAO! Dr. Kesslers. Ahahahahahahaha.

The New World Czar

Governor Perry is doing what the feds won't do. More power to him and the Republic of Texas.

The Big Dog's back

Like I said , it's about time Texas spends some of that extra money they get back from the Fed.

Contango

Re: "extra money they get back from the Fed."

With all the thousands of illegal detainees, TX will need more. Pay up!

The Big Dog's back

We are a border state. Can't perry handle it?

Contango

Re: "We are a border state."

You don't live in OH. Where do you live?

Lots of illegals coming across Lake Erie?

SummerhomenSomrnot

f.y.i...reddog & motormouth = 44824

Contango

Re: "Can't perry handle it?"

Why does U.S. Customs and Border Protection exist?

Can't Pres. Obama "handle it"?

Dr. Information

Things Obama can handle:
1. selfies
2. Hitting on women
3. Fundraisers
4. Lying

mikeylikesit

hitting on women? is that what he does at the chicago bath house?

The Big Dog's back

So your a woman mikey? Who knew.

Dr. Information

thats you're, not your.....back to school little kid LOL.

jazzbo

Miss Info is just a troll with no substance.

Dr. Information

Just like your mom, a hole, no substance.

jazzbo

Your mother has a substance in her hole.

The Big Dog's back

Maybe perry should go down to HIS state's border and lead the charge. Put a gun in his hand. Teddy Roosevelt would. C'mon gutless perry, get on down there.

freespeech1

Hes been down there quite a bit, has done many ride alongs on the river and air surveying the situation. I lived down there by the border in Texas, you have no idea what your talking about.

The Big Dog's back

Yes I do you right wingnut know it all.

Gottathink

I'm with you freespeech ...you have to "see" it to believe it.
These are teens and young adults crossing, uneducated and disease ridden.
We don't need them here. I say give them lunch and a plane ride or bus ride back home

The Big Dog's back

They need to take you along with them.

8ballinthesidepocket

They have announced that all state welfare programs will either be eliminated or cut in half until this deployment is paid for.

meowmix

Hey! Numbnuts is free on Aug. 4th! He's good pals with Texas...Why not set his scummy arse on the border???

A Native American tribe has canceled an Aug. 4 concert by Ted Nugent at its casino.

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe on Monday said that the cancellation of the concert at the casino in the northwest Idaho city of Worley was because of what it called the rocker's "racist and hate-filled remarks."

The tribe says it booked Nugent without realizing he espoused "racist attitudes and views." The tribe did not detail which of Nugent's specific views it opposes.

jazzbo

Nugent is a creep and a coward.

meowmix

Totally agree. Also, Big Dog--you will appreciate this one...

The best thing about texas is that it is the only state which can legally
secede from the union.

The worst thing about texas is that it hasn't.

Dr. Information

Good God. That was funny? Comedy isn't your thing. Matter of fact what is besides lunatic banter on here, lol.

Contango

Re: "only state which can legally secede from the union."

Nonsense.

There was a war in the 1860s over this issue. Maybe you've heard or read about it?

FYI:

"As a sovereign country (in 2012), Texas would be the 14th largest economy in the world by GDP (ahead of South Korea and the Netherlands)."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eco...

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