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Castro: Rick Perry ‘militarizing’ border
The Politico ^ | July 21, 2014 | Jonathan Topaz

Posted on 07/21/2014 3:42:09 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Texas Rep. Joaquín Castro on Monday said Gov. Rick Perry is “militarizing our border” with his reported decision to deploy state National Guard troops there.

“We should be sending the Red Cross to the border not the National Guard to deal with this humanitarian crisis,” the Democratic congressman said in an email. “The children fleeing violence in Central America are seeking out border patrol agents. They are not trying to evade them. Why send soldiers to confront these kids?”

Militarizing our border is the wrong response to the arrival of children,” Castro continued. “I remain hopeful that our state can provide a more helpful response than to send armed soldiers to greet children seeking refuge from violence.”

Castro was responding to a report from The Monitor that Perry is planning to deploy up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

“At 2pm CDT today, Gov. Rick Perry will hold a press conference to discuss activating up to 1,000 National Guard troops to secure the Texas-Mexico border,” he wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.

Castro initially weighed in on the move on Sunday evening, posting the Monitor story on Twitter and tweeting: “We should be sending the Red Cross to the border not the National Guard.”

Democratic state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa told the Texas newspaper that Perry would be making the announcement Monday afternoon.

According to an internal memo obtained the newspaper, Perry will call for a gradual escalation of Guard troops with the potential of reaching 1,000 troops after one month.

In June, Texas sent officials from the Texas Department of Public Safety to the border to focus on drug trafficking and human smuggling.

Perhaps anticipating blowback to the decision, the memo states that the move does not amount to “a militarization of the border.”

“This is not a militarization of the border,” the memo says. “The DPS and the National Guard are working to keep any drug and human trafficking south of 83 and with the goal of keeping any smuggling from entering major highways to transport East/West/and North.”

The memo estimates that the deployment of troops, in addition to the DPS forces now along the border, will cost Texas $5 million a week. The memo reports that while the state hasn’t yet determined how exactly to pay for the increase in forces, the money will come out of “non critical” areas in the budget.

Hinojosa also criticized the governor’s decision, saying it was a political decision and not about fixing the issue. “All these politicians coming down to border, they don’t care about solving the problem, they just want to make a political point,” the state senator said.

Perry has harshly criticized President Barack Obama for his handling of the influx of more than 50,000 undocumented and unaccompanied children across the U.S.-Mexico border since October. The potential 2016 presidential candidate has accused the president of not caring about the border crisis, failing to visit the border and not taking strong enough action to combat the problem.

At a House Homeland Security Committee field hearing earlier this month, Perry called on the Obama administration to deploy the National Guard to control the situation.

The governor seemingly previewed his announcement over the weekend. “If the federal government does not do its constitutional duty to secure the southern border of the United States, the state of Texas will do it,” Perry said Sunday at an event in Iowa.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aliens; borders; castro; immigration; perry; tx
Hillary or Elizabeth's vice president?

What good are National Guardsmen if they cannot arrest or fire on anyone, though?

1 posted on 07/21/2014 3:42:09 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Real Americans: Rick Perry ‘militarizing’ border, AS WELL HE SHOULD!!!
2 posted on 07/21/2014 3:43:35 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. ~ Albert Einstein)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They sure make it easy to despise them


3 posted on 07/21/2014 3:44:04 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Get rid of "birthright citizenship" Out of room . . . no mas)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wish.


4 posted on 07/21/2014 3:44:08 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Shoot the invaders and leave the corpses as a warning to others.


5 posted on 07/21/2014 3:44:45 PM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Castro: Rick Perry ‘militarizing’ border

And your point Comrade?


6 posted on 07/21/2014 3:45:57 PM PDT by DAC21
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another Communist Castro heard from. This is the caliber of politician Latinos elect to public office in San Antonio. Coming to your town as soon as a few hundred million more are allowed to squat here.


7 posted on 07/21/2014 3:46:44 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Do Leftists EVER get tired of lying? Violence is DOWN in most Central American countries.


8 posted on 07/21/2014 3:46:48 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This communist scumbag needs to be locked up.

All of these commies are corrupt and on the take, when the right gets hold of DOJ they need to neutralize these degenerate socialist crooks by indicting, convicting , and imprisoning them.

9 posted on 07/21/2014 3:47:22 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: Lucky9teen

If all it does is send a message and some pictures back to unproven “violence ridden” Central America - that might help a little bit to stem the invasion. It’s certainly more than the “Bear” is doing - sitting around eating hamburgers and playing with himself


10 posted on 07/21/2014 3:47:30 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever)
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dead parrot photo: Dead Parrot norwegia.jpg
11 posted on 07/21/2014 3:50:27 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was in Belize, Honduras and Costa Rica last month - didn’t look any different to me than it did 20 years ago except people are better off


12 posted on 07/21/2014 3:50:46 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever)
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To: DAC21

I just heard on the news that it will take 30 days for the troops to make it to the border.

Apparently, they are having trouble deciding where to put the, ‘Transgender’, latrine...


13 posted on 07/21/2014 3:54:50 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If the border were militarized just what would be wrong with that?

What the heck does Castro do with Cuba’s border? Or just about anyone else in the world?


14 posted on 07/21/2014 3:55:11 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sen. Cornyn voted to approve Castro so Castro would have national standing and could oppose Cruz.

Corn-row is a disgrace.


15 posted on 07/21/2014 3:56:20 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The Open Borders crowd, of which Castro is s charter member, is against any measure that would reduce the number of illegal aliens who enter the country, or reduce deportations of those already here. it's a good rule of thumb: if they're against it, there's a good chance it will work.
16 posted on 07/21/2014 3:56:23 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Millitarizing the border?

Good!


17 posted on 07/21/2014 4:01:30 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The border needs to be "militarized."


18 posted on 07/21/2014 4:01:50 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Jewbacca

This is Joaquin Castro, the brother of the, now, former mayor of San Antonio.


19 posted on 07/21/2014 4:02:20 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Militarizing the border’?

Last week Mark Levin was wondering out loud why some people have a hissy fit over the concept of self-deportation for illegals. Militarizing the border is a similar concept. I want someone to lead me step by step into why it is such an evil thing. Those three thousand Americans killed by illegal aliens over the past few years would still be alive.


20 posted on 07/21/2014 4:06:48 PM PDT by odawg
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To: ex91B10

I agree!


21 posted on 07/21/2014 4:19:31 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: atc23

“I was in Belize, Honduras and Costa Rica last month - didn’t look any different ...”

I’m sure you’re right. “Political amnesty” is pure Obamanite B.S.


22 posted on 07/21/2014 4:27:26 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: txrefugee

The Red Cross should receive the invaders with tacos burritos.

The Mexican Castro brothers and the Cuban Castro brothers are birds of the same feather.


23 posted on 07/21/2014 4:30:26 PM PDT by Dqban22
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If Joaquín doesn’t like it, that confirms it was the correct move.


24 posted on 07/21/2014 4:43:24 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: SkyPilot

Don’t militarize it then, just plant a bunch of landmines.


25 posted on 07/21/2014 4:49:30 PM PDT by DeepInTheHeartOfTexas
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Bet they don't have one loaded gun. This is horse shi!. America if finished.
26 posted on 07/21/2014 5:08:11 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wonder how many he is takin in? Or maybe forego his salary for awhile to care fore them. Bet not to both.


27 posted on 07/21/2014 5:09:23 PM PDT by DeWalt (Times are more like they used to be than they are today.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

1000 NG along the border will barely be noticed. Figure that only 250 will be available at any given time.


28 posted on 07/21/2014 5:38:20 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Putting NG on the border might send the message to STAY THE HELL AWAY.


29 posted on 07/21/2014 5:39:24 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yup! I’m glad SOMEONE has the cojones to do it.


30 posted on 07/21/2014 6:48:48 PM PDT by norwaypinesavage (The Stone Age didnÂ’t end because we ran out of stones)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They have every right to fire if they feel “threatened.” And we ALL feel threatened. Rick knows this. So does Obama, who sh!ts his drawers every time Texas speaks.


31 posted on 07/21/2014 11:16:45 PM PDT by DRey (Like him or not. He's been pretty damn great for Texas.)
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We should be sending the Red Cross to the border

If Mexico would like to invite the Red Cresent to set up on their side of the border, they can have at it - but they haven't. And I doubt they would fund it, either.

32 posted on 07/22/2014 12:45:03 AM PDT by blueplum
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