Rick Perry announced at a press conference Monday that he plans to send National Guard troops to the border of Texas and Mexico to handle the recent influx of children from Central America.
Perry claimed that the decision was reached after he’d received only “lip service” from the federal government, which presumably includes Obama’s comprehensive aid request for the border that Republicans shot down.
Instead of heeding the president’s request for increasing surveillance, detention centers, and immigration judges to deal with the problem, Perry is using $1.3 million in state funds to simply send troops to the border.
He stated at the press conference:
“Since 2008, more than 203,000 criminal aliens have been booked into Texas county jails. … These individuals have committed more than 630,000 crimes — and that is in the state of Texas alone.”
Operation Strong Safety, as he is calling it, will add 1,000 National Guard troops to an area that already has more than 3,000 Border Patrol agents. The plan is set to be rolled out over the course of the next 30 days.
It is worth noting that thanks to George W. Bush’s William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, minors that enter the country illegally cannot be automatically deported.
In other words, all of the muscle at the border means nothing without a means of handling them once they’re here. Maybe if a Republican had proposed comprehensive border reform, rather than Obama, it would have passed — and spared Texas taxpayers this stunt.
Perry “takes matters into his own hands.”
Watch the news report on Texas Gov. Rick Perry sending in the National guard from Vice.