In an attempt to curb and control the unprecedented influx of illegal immigrants into the United States, Texas Governor Rick Perry has activated the Texas National Guard and deployed them (up to 1,000 troops) to the Texas-Mexico border.
Fox News Austin, TX– 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.
Initially, Governor Perry approached the White House for aid in the Border Crisis – which President Obama has called an “urgent humanitarian situation” – but the President’s response did not fulfill Perry’s wishes. Instead, Perry has decided to take action himself.
According to Perry, the Texas National Guard’s main mission will be to halt the criminal activity that surrounds exploitation of the immigrants and to support border patrol, not to halt the actual immigration itself.
This mission will cost the state of Texas $12 million a month. Had the White House acquiesced Governor Perry’s request, the federal government would pay for the the National Guard presence on the border.
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