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.




C'mon Connie---it WAS A JOKE!!!! (Unfortunately, because I'd love nothing more than to see Texas go bye-bye. We'll just let Washington DC become the state of New Columbia like they want so that way we won't have to change the flag. :}


Why would you want to see Texas secede? Is it because you hate your fellow citizens and wish everyone in the country to have the same view point? That's not exactly what the country was made for. If you wish everyone to be forced to hold your view point N Korea might be your cup of tea. That country is full of like minded drones who let others think for them.




Man that's original, Kindergarten let out early?


Why ? Do you want to pick up some chicks ?


Typical Democrat, Always thinking of ways to screw the children over.


Isnt it guys like you doing it to the Central American children ?



Pretty sure Guys like me want them to stay at home and not add to the crises, That's your thing.


Yeah , you would make things worse.


How would telling them to stay where they are and staying safe be any worse than your god making promises of a open border if the risk their lives traveling across thousands of miles of drug cartels and human smugglers? It is amazing the depths you people will go through to protect your god. People are getting hurt and it is about time someone stopped this nonsense. Your and your gods stupidity is causing the crises.


Why are you NOW exhibiting compassion for those people ?



Fences make better neighbors. You and your god create crises to hurt children to further a agenda,Those are the facts. That is despicable. So please do not even think of acting like you have any compassion for those kids, You would love to find thousands of them dead in the desert to be able to point your finger at someone to further your agenda.
Look in the mirror before calling anyone else a hypocrite.


Hi hypocrite !

Read up about the story of the "fence" - then shut up.


You wish others would shut up so you could hurt more children without being called on it.
Face it everyone is seeing how you people use children to further a agenda. You do not care how many get hurt as long as it goes through. Truly despicable.

The Big Dog's back

I don't hate my fellow citizens, just right wingnuts.


From the party of tolerance, LMAO


...and you are the party of intolerance.


Like you more and more Donegan

The Big Dog's back

I don't think anyone cares what you like.


If you admire Donegan , you must be of the same mind - and that's NOT good.


Re: "it WAS A JOKE!!!!"

Read more like just plain ignorance.

DC is constitutionally prohibited from becoming a state. (More ignorance?)

H*ll, what about financially bankrupt Puerto Rico? Lot's more new welfare voters for the Dems!

Dr. Information

Liberals, would want a booming state like Texas to break away , yet want to keep broke states like CA.

Intolerant left at it again.

The Big Dog's back

Correct meowmix. Wait until deuce pooh moves there before they secede.


Re: "Wait,"

Blo-dog: Deflect, blather and repeat the insanity as often as possible.


When border patrol sues the government for not upholding the laws passed by congress you know the libtards have taken over.
As head of the military it is one of the presidents jobs to protect our border, Obama has failed miserably at his job. So bad in fact that he has CAUSED the crises.
But oh well his useful idiots will defend him regardless, I am sure Nero had his protectors too.


He's known about this crisis since 2012 and did nothing to prevent it.

I hope that the 1000 guardsmen will be putting up a fence.


“'Do not send your children to the borders,' President Obama said in a television interview the other Sunday. 'If they do make it, they’ll get sent back. More important, they may not make it.'

I find this remark not short of disgusting for its several subtexts. Central American parents are so stupid and loveless that they must be instructed to care for their offspring."

Typical of the sophistic nonsense spewing from the Incompetent-in-Chief.


Ha! I've only seen one report of about 40 of them being sent back. The rest are here ...and coming to ALL cities ...hopefully one near you.
From reading the Register and Reflector online think drug problems are bad now (heroin) just wait until about 100 are flown into your region.

Dr. Information

No worries about our security. The DHS is boarding illegals on commercial planes with only a "notice to appear" document.

This administration is out of control.


They are not citizens so they are not enemies of the state. If you are a citizen you are under suspicion automatically.