Texas Gov. Perry deploys 1,000 National Guard troops to border

Months (actually years, since 2012) after illegal aliens began surging across the Mexico border into America’s southern states (at a rate of 35,000 a month into Texas), Governor Rick Perry is finally really doing something to stem the invasion.
Yesterday, July 21, 2014, stating that the federal government offers only “lip service” on border security, Perry announced that he is activating up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border  as a “force multiplier” to help the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) “combat the brutal Mexican drug cartels that are preying upon our communities.”
“I will not stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor. We are too good of a country,” Perry said.
The National Guard troops could detain people if asked, Texas Adjutant General John Nichols said at the press conference with Perry, but they are planning to play a “referring and deterring” role by deterring cartels with their visible presence and referring any immigrants suspected of being illegally in the country to DPS.
Perry argued that the elevated response at the border by DPS personnel has already acted as a deterrent force and reduced apprehensions. That operation comes at a cost of $1.3 million per week. A state memo obtained by the McAllen Monitor, which first reported Perry’s plan to deploy the National Guard, indicates the new efforts will cost the state of Texas $12 million per month.
Perry said he expects the federal government to eventually reimburse the state of Texas for the costs it has incurred protecting the southern border.
CBS reports that White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said prior to Perry’s announcement that the Obama administration has not yet received the formal request from Perry to activate the troops, but he downplayed it as a merely a symbolic measure, “What we’re hopeful is that Governor Perry will not just take these kinds of steps that are generating the kind of headlines I suspect he intended, but will actually take the kinds of steps that will be constructive to solving the problem over the long term.”
Referring to the $3.7 billion in emergency appropriations the POS has requested from Congress, Earnest said, “To be specific that means that we hope that Governor Perry will support the supplemental appropriations request that this administration put forward a few weeks ago and that that Governor Perry will use his influence with congressional Republicans in Congress an urge them to stop blocking comprehensive bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives.”
Blah. Blah. Blah.
Mouth of Sauron Joshua Earnest
To Joshua Earnest, the new Mouth of Sauron:
The United States Constitution recognizes America’s state National Guards or militias, and gives them vital roles to fill: “to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasion.” (Article I, Section 8, Clause 15).
State governors have the full authority to activate state National Guards, without having to issue a “formal request” to Washington, D.C.
In the end, however, Perry’s deployment of 1,000 Texan National Guard troops to the border is merely a symbolic act that will be entirely ineffectual in stemming the Invasion of the Illegals.
H/t FOTM’s swampygirl

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5 years ago

another caption contest, eh Doc?
Nice work swampygirl!

John Molloy
John Molloy
5 years ago

Unfortunately, this deployment is merely symbolic and as far as numbers are concerned, insufficient. What these National guard troops must do to be effective is actually force the immigrants back across the the Rio Grande. They might supply them with water and food for sustenance for their return trip but this drastic situation requires drastic measures. Also, if any Mexican troops or cartel members shoot at the National Guard troops, they should not hesitate to engage and severely punish their attackers. This would further discourage illegals from entering the US. Once they get the message, an effective barrier should be… Read more »

Susan Graham
5 years ago

Here is a link to a fact sheet regarding “refugees” and refugee resettlement programs. In my state we, the people, got wind of a plan elected by our current governor to establish a resettlement city and are working to not allow him a second term in which to make good on his plan. How are your states affected by Refugee Resettlement Programs?

Operation Werwolf
5 years ago

Better than nothing, I guess.

Susan Graham
5 years ago

Having not been aware of the Office of Refugee Resettlement in DC myself until recently, I wonder how many in the US were aware until the invasion down south began to reach critical mass? What is the state of your state’s refugee resettlement program?

5 years ago

Do you think Obama/Holder will sue Texas/Perry….as they are suing NMex/Brewer for working immigration law (which, according to Obama/ Holder is solely the job—or NOT—-of the feds—not to be aided or otherwise embarked upon by the states)??????

Susan Graham
5 years ago

Seems to me that Obama/Holder have no standing in either Texas or New Mexico. Does anyone have comment about the separation of powers that gave rise to federalism–states’ rights, ninth and tenth amendments, and if/how the determination of judicial standing are connected to federalism?

5 years ago

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this significant post. Good for Governor Perry. Clearly, the ill effects, including violence and destruction caused by this invasion to the State of Texas, as well as other states more particularly involved, are immense.
It is reprehensible that a governor of a state has to issue such a command, because of the deliberate inaction of the federal government. Amazing!