Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday that he will send up to 1,000 armed National Guard troops over the next month to protect the southern border due to the Obama Administration’s “lip service” on the illegal immigration crisis.
Perry, who seems to be one of the few political leaders taking the problem seriously, said the troops will not be targeting unaccompanied children crossing the border, but they will be aiming to combat the criminal drug cartels that have been trafficking children north and virtually throwing them across the border to keep the Border Patrol occupied.
“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 troops will be backing up the Texas Department of Public Safety, which has stepped in to give the overworked Border Patrol a hand. The troops may detain people, but are expected to refer any illegal immigrants to the DPS.
A crucial part of their mission will be to act a as a deterrent to the drug cartels, which are so brazen that they have been known to shoot at Border Patrol agents, as well as American civilians.
Perry said the mere presence of the DPS has already slowed the traffic across the border with Texas, and the troops are expected to add to the effort to keep immigrants from flowing across the border.
The state is expecting to spend from $1.5 million to $3 million per week. Perry said the federal government will be asked to reimburse the state.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest basically pooh-poohed Texas’ efforts, saying it would be better if Perry supported President Obama’s request for $3.7 billion to “deal” with the immigration crisis.
“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,” 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 and urge them to stop blocking comprehensive bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives.”
In English, that means Perry is embarrassing the White House — as if Obama doesn’t do that all on his own — and they wish he would roll over like a good RINO and help Obama get billions of dollars to pay off his supporters through legal fees, services and the like.
As is typical, the White House is trying to claim credit for other people’s hard work by implying that its policy of doing nothing is responsible for the recent slowing of the human flood across the border.
“We do believe that the administration’s response and efforts to work with Central American leaders to publicize the dangers of the journey and reinforce that apprehended migrants are ultimately returned to their home countries in keeping with the law, as well as seasonal flows, have all played a part,” Earnest said.
And if you believe that, I own a bridge across the Rio Grande that I would love to sell you.