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.




Re: "big gov liberalism,"

Watch IL - it's comin'. The Dems have controlled the legislature for 30 yrs.



sugar-- I'm gonna give you my vote for being one of the biggest fools that post on these forums. There, I have finally voted for a teatard for something!




Exactly what I thought---you are a gas bag!


Re: "you are a gas bag!"

It didn't take you long before you completely ran out of anything that might even closely resemble intelligent thought did it?



Nothing really intelligent comes from you.

That's a fact.


What do you expect from a guy that gets his vast knowledge from the label on a Kessler's bottle?!


He uses the bottle like a crystal ball.


And "Pfffttt" was an intelligent response to you Connie?



Contango prides himself on his " education " but he comes across as a confused immature bumbler.
He may have gone to college --- but so did many others.

Someone once said of Contango : " You have been educated beyond your intelligence..."

Bingo !


He went to college but didn't go to class!


Too drunk to make it to class.


Re: "Pfffttt"

A more than apropos response to your original "one of the biggest fools" nonsensical post.


Sugar gets my vote too. Pooh is the biggest drunk, hands down!


Too funny deertracker and jazzbo! See, that's another major difference between the dem's and tt's. We actually have a sense of humor,-- unlike sugars, mikey's, sam's, connie's, non-information's, etal on these forums.

I'm sure they are all well educated as are we, but I've often wondered when the college they went to mascot is Ronald McDonald, did they get a diploma upon graduation or just a Happy Meal???


Re: "We actually have a sense of humor,"

Yea, like third graders belching and laughing about it.


Yeah , like third graders phfarting and you walking through it.


Re: "Yeah , like third graders,"

And a third grader like you 'would' find that funny.

Thanks for the confirm.


ow , that hurt.


Re: "ow , that hurt."

More confirm.


You're not mature for a " college "student.

Kiddy Kollege , yes.


Re: "the biggest drunk, hands down!"

Nah, I could never beat you booze hound.

"I like Tequila!" - deertracker, 7/22/14


I like Crown Royal too! Black of course!

The Big Dog's back

LOL @ deertracker. pooh, you should quit while you're behind.


Re: "I like Crown Royal too!"

No wonder you're a drunken fool, three time loser.


He had no choice's an invasion
Shame on the President for not stopping it.


Them libtards sure have their panties in a wad. Once again obama and his minions prove they are incompetent idiots.

Illegal aliens are scum. Screw obama and the donkey he rode in on. obama is the do-nothing king of America. obama is a disgrace to the office.

obama and his followers shown up by a manly dude from Texas. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA pathetic losers.

obama's fault. never. always someone else is to blame. it's you, it's me, it's the gop, it's bush, it's the voters, it's the right, it's the tea party blah blah ... worst excuse for president in modern history.

It must be hell for obama to be afraid all of the time with no Leadership Ability.


Matt, the SR comment section has devolved to the level of the old CT comment section.


This forum is like listening to a bunch of third graders on the playground.
Come on, grow up.
I don't give a sh*t what you are, start acting like adults.

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