Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to announce he will activate the Texas National Guard at a news conference Monday in Austin, said state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen.Liberal Rep. Hinojosa should just shut his mouth. Perry is trying to do what Hinojosa and the rest of the Federal government refuses to do...secure our nation's borders. I sure didn't see Hinojosa slam Nancy Pelosi when she went to Brownsville with her grandmotherly "I want to take these babies home with me" politicization. Libs want the border open, as do the RINOs and their special interests like the US Chamber of Commerce.
Hinojosa did not have details of the effort, but an internal memo from another state official’s office said the governor planned to call about 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley — at a cost of about $12 million per month.
The memo was provided to The Monitor on the condition of anonymity because the information is not yet public.
Troops are expected to enter the area gradually, building up to 1,000 after about a month, the memo said.
The troops will join the Texas Department of Public Safety in its recent surge to combat human smuggling and drug trafficking amid the influx of mostly Central Americans illegally crossing the Rio Grande. Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, and Texas House Speaker Joe Straus announced the $1.3 million per week effort last month.
State leaders approved funding for extra DPS troopers to fill in gaps in Border Patrol coverage in the Valley as the federal authorities were overwhelmed with an influx of children and families from Central America. The state officials feared Mexican drug cartels might exploit the situation to move their own drugs and human contraband while Border Patrol attention was turned elsewhere.
Hinojosa said Perry's move smacked of political gamesmanship.
“All these politicians coming down to border, they don't care about solving the problem, they just want to make a political point,” he said.
State officials denied the move amounted to a militarization of the border.
“This is not a militarization of the border,” the memo states. “The DPS and the National Guard are working to keep any drug and human trafficking south of (U.S. Highway) 83 and with the goal of keeping any smuggling from entering major highways to transport East/West/and North.”
DPS officials want to send National Guard troops into western areas of the Valley and the ranch lands further north, according to the memo.
“Smuggling has supposedly according to DPS moved West on the border with an increase in Jim Hogg County," the memo states. "DPS especially wants to apply the Guard in the rural areas to patrol.”
The National Guard deployment — added to the DPS surge — will bring the price tag of troopers on the border to about $5 million per week, the memo said. And the funding source for the effort remains unclear.
“It is not clear where the money will come from in the budget,” the memo states, adding that Perry's office has said the money will come from “non critical” areas, such as health care or transportation.
Back on June 19th, I wrote that Gov. Perry should do the following:
Call the National Guard and put them on the border, then send the bill to Washington for them to reimburse Texas. If Obama tries to nationalize the guard, then I'd give orders to have Obama, Eric Holder, or Joe Biden arrested by Texas Rangers if they ever set foot in the Lone Star State.Perry is finally going to do something he should have done sooner. Though I'm guessing he probably wanted to give the Duffer/Fundraiser-in-Chief an opportunity to show some leadership. But it's clear that Perry is the only one here who is acting like a leader.
Richard Milhous Obama? No so much. As the Middle East heats up, the Malaysian Airlines plane is blown out of the sky over the Ukraine, and as Border Patrol agents were shot at by drug cartels near McAllen over the weekend, what was Obama up to yesterday (New York Daily News)?
On Sunday, deaths mounted in the clash between Israel and Hamas as Obama played golf at a Virginia military base after a weekend at the bucolic Camp David retreat.Tomorrow, Obama is heading to liberal Hollywood for another fundraiser.
Maybe he should stay in Hollywood, because he's acting just like all his liberal celebrity worshippers: aloof and out of touch with the rest of America and the world.