Skip to comments.Gov. Rick Perry to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to RGV
Posted on 07/20/2014 9:06:01 PM PDT by bd476
Gov. Rick Perry to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to RGV
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.
Hinojosa did not have details of the effort, but an internal memo from another state officials 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.
Hinojosa said the National Guard was not equipped to aid immigrants crossing the Rio Grande.
They (cartels) are taking advantage of the situation, he said. But our local law enforcement from the sheriffs offices of the different counties to the different police departments are taking care of the situation. This is a civil matter, not a military matter. What we need is more resources to hire more deputies, hire more Border Patrol.
These are young people, just families coming across. They're not armed. They're not carrying weapons.
Are we (Texas) to pay for it all?
It is YOUR nation! Git on down here or at least pony up.
Sorry but that is a pet peeve of mine.
TX is not responsible for the border, We bust ou buts here to secure it, 49 other states take walk.
Washington is the problem.
“Sen. Juan Chuy Hinojosa, D-McAllen”
Idiot of the highest magnitude...
On a side note, if anything the expenditure of “Texas” money is finite...12 million a month sounds conservative...
It will not be sustainable...From a fiduciary perspective...I would like to know where the money is coming from, yet we know not a damn dime will come from the Feds to help this situation...
If anything the Feds will spend money to do whatever it can to torpedo this effort, and it will go away as soon as the money dries up...
But of course Joe Strauss laid out some of the details before, just so the folks (democrats) can have a chance to step up and voice their disapproval (of the border surge) that will directly effect their desire to bloat their voting block for this November...
Well, that’s 1000 personnel to hand out water and blankets in the processing shelters when and if the invaders are actually caught...
I seriously doubt they will be handed rifles, much less the ammunition to effectively give pause to the influx of these people desiring to break our laws...
I believe most TX NG units are infantry. It would be nice if we had a little more firepower to send down there. They need a bunch of fast Zodiac boats, quadrunners, drones and other air assets to turn keep people from crossing the river or to return them immediately to the other side if they do manage to make it across.
Do you know how many stanzas of “Jeopardy” I sang?
Understanding the Guards Duty Status (put them on the border?)
I do not know that we can effectively send troops to the border due to posse comitatis.
I am not a lawyer, never went to law school or even learned latin in the Catholic church.
But the law is the law.
Near as I can tell, we need to overturn some amendments and laws.
That shit aint easy.
We wont fix this gig with guns
I have wondered why Perry can’t contract with other states, who are especially impacted by forced housing of these illegals, to help Texas pay towards the 5 million per week to send the reportedly, “unarmed” National Guard to the Texas border?
Where’d you get that info? Obviously not from reading he Constitution.
Last time they were deployed if was demanded that they be UNARMED due to posse commitatus, so they basically became desk secretary’s.
They hated it. I hated it. You Hated it, but there it is
The Obama’s should get the bill personally for the cost of enforcing the border, after he is impeached and arrested for treason.
About damn time
On the news this AM they said some Messicans were shootin a 50 cal from across the border. They shoot, we should shoot back with something bigger. IDF style.
Jeez Max I thought you was in CA.
You should come to our shoot in Dallas on Oct 18 on my lease on the Trinity River.
BTW weez havin BBQ ;)
Hard to defend against a 50 BMG without being in the military.
Would a Paladin be of use?
“Shoots and Scoots!”