National Guard to the Border

By Bill O'Neil 

One-thousand National Guard troops will head toward the border in the Rio Grande Valley amid the continuing crisis that has seen Central American children cross in to Texas through Mexico by the thousand. 

Governor Rick Pery said he's convinced the Border Patrol has been distracted by the crisis--with agents forced to address a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions. 

"Drug cartels, human traffickers, individual criminals are exploiting this tragedy for their own criminal opportunities" the Governor said in announcing the deployment plan.  

"It's (the deployment) designed to conduct saturation patrols, and to deny cartels, transnational gangs, and criminal aliens access to Texas between the ports of entry" said Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw, who added cases of suspected undocumented immigrants will continue to be referred to the Border Patrol.  

While critics point to the $12-million per month price tag for the deployment--among other complaints--Attorney General Greg Abbott said he's waiting for a check from the White House to cover it. 

"It's a price tag that would not be incurred if the federal government was doing it's job" the Republican Candidate for Governor told 550 KTSA News, pointing to the billions of dollars the Administration has siad it is willing to see spent on addressing the crisis.  

"If the President is serious about living up to his responsibility to do his job, he will fully pay the cost Texans are incurring right now. If not, it will be my 31st lawsuit against the Obama Administration" Abbott said.   


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