Texas Governor Rick Perry is expected to announce at 2pm CDT that he will activate up to 1,000 National Guard troops for border duty in the Rio Grande Valley according to American Statesman.
The move is in response to a perceived surge in illegal immigration following President Obama’s decision not to enforce immigration law on minors.
According to P-G Matuszak at Buzzfeed,
The Texas National Guard has experience with difficult border security missions. Among their past missions, Texas National Guard units worked to help secure the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. That border was often used by Taliban forces, Al Q’aeda, and criminals to avoid direct action combat, often preferring to ambush smaller patrol units.
After weeks of criticizing the Obama Administration’s lack of decisive action in the current border security crisis that includes the deluge of minor illegal aliens into border states, Perry gave the order to Texas Nation Guardsman. This is not the first time a state governor ordered the national guard to support border security missions. Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona ordered that state’s national guard to bolster border security several times.
Perry met with President Obama Jul 9 and 10, repeated urging him to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. The troops’ mission is to help handle the influx, so Border Patrol can get back to securing the border. The Stateman continues,
After meeting with Perry in Dallas, Obama said he would consider the request, but said it was not a permanent answer and that the better option was for Congress to quickly pass a $3.7 billion emergency spending measure to more comprehensively address the situation. He asked Perry to help to lobby for passage of the spending plan, which has not been received favorably by Republicans in Congress. Instead, Perry reiterated that the president really should visit the border and see what’s going on there for himself, and renewed his request to bring the Guard to the border.
Perry Deploys Texas National Guard Troops to Border