Rick Perry reportedly sending 1000 National Guard troops to border
Looking more presidential than Barack Obama, Texas Governor Rick Perry is reported to be announcing the dispatch of a thousand Texas National Guard troops to the southern border in response to the crisis there. Ads President Obama enjoyed a round of golf yesterday, Governor Perry was addressing the urgent needs of not just Texas, but the United States.
Lindsey Bever writes in the Washington Post:
Perry will announce his plans Monday to mobilize some 1,000 guardsmen to the Rio Grande Valley to increase security at the border, according to the Monitor, a south Texas newspaper. The newspaper quoted a state senator and an internal memo it obtained from a state official’s office.
Perry spokesman Felix Browne told The Washington Post he would neither confirm nor deny the report, but said all details will be given at a news conference at 2 p.m. Central time Monday in Austin. It was unclear what mission the guard will have.
I was among the millions who saw Sean Hannity’s report from the Rio Grande where, accompanied by Governor Perry, he boarded a patrol boat belonging not to the Border Patrol, but to the Texas Department of Public Safety, one of three such high-powered craft that Texas has deployed in the absence of effective federal government measures to control the border. It was only a little more than a symbolic presence, but at least it was there. Perry is making the point of the federal default:
“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 a Republican barbecue in Iowa.
I predict a surge in the polls for Perry. A thousand troops is not enough to control the invasion, but it is a start, like the DPS boats.