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

sanduskyace

ya because the border issue between the us and mexico is a new issue? we fear the most pointless non events......what if Mexicans take our jobs? what if there is a terrorist attack? guess what life is random but in all likelihood there will be a terrorist attack at some point in the future. what do you call what happened at sandy hook? was that because the border wasn't secure? work hard ignore the pointless politicians who just want to keep the people divided and enjoy your life

Gottathink

you know what sanduskyace ...you're correct, jobs will be taken.
They will be taking the oil related jobs that are in Texas, Wyoming and North Dakota. These areas are begging for workers.

Seems like some people that live in the Sandusky region that really want to work and make great money would find a way to get to Texas, Wyoming or North Dakota. Currently "roustabouts" are making about 80-100 grand a year. Of course this type of job it really physical and dangerous. People working at McDonald's are are making the 15-18 dollars an hour that people are begging for. Opportunity abounds in these areas. Homes, apartments, stores, etc. are being built so there are jobs everywhere.

Our new guests will be taking these jobs ....cause from what I hear ..."Americans wont do them.

We have gotten lazy and spoiled.

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The Hero Zone

I had a couple of guys from my store community move to North Dakota to do just what you said. They're pulling down six figures a year. McDonald's employees get multi-thousand dollar contract signing bonuses as well as employees at the local stores like Walmart.

Cobbwebb12345

SOMEONE FIND IT!

Remember: Ohio Gov. James A. Rhoades; Kent State University and the Ohio National Guard......and students. Students who were shot dead by national guardsmen. And, the reason? was it remotely as serious as the Texas border fiasco?

So how many children may be killed by those who probably never had specific training or educational knowledge about, "Okay, when do I shoot or when do I not shoot.
I will never forget being led around the Kent State campus to see small memorials identifying where each student lay dead.

Let's all pray that nothing like this will ever occur again.

Contango

Re: "the reason?"

Some students were protesting, others were shot while merely innocently walking across campus.

Training was immaterial in the scope of this travesty.

The Big Dog's back

"Training was immaterial"? Really? Another deuce on people left by pooh.

Contango

Re: "Really?"

Is 13 your age or your IQ ?

sanduskyace

its funny gottathink because I grew up in Sandusky and now live in texas crazy...

sanduskyace

but I will say texas is one thing north Dakota is another. the rents in north Dakota are getting to be outrageous because the oil boom is relatively new where as in most of texas has more reasonable living standards. I just cant deal with people who complain constantly about Obama or bush or terrorism. shut up put your head down and work hard. every generation before us has done it now its our turn.

Gottathink

So very true sanduskyace.
Hard work is the only way to make it.
Quit worrying about what you neighbor has, quit worrying about what the guy working next to you is making ...you can only control your own destiny

knowitall

Can't we just all get along?

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