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BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Perry to Send 1,000 Texas National Guardsmen To Border

Rick Perry

Staff writer Jacob Fischler of The Monitor reports that an internal memo from another state official’s office said the governor planned to call about 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley — at a cost of about $12 million per month.

The memo was provided to The Monitor on the condition of anonymity because the information is not yet public.

Troops are expected to enter the area gradually, building up to 1,000 after about a month, the memo said.

The troops will join the Texas Department of Public Safety in its recent surge to combat human smuggling and drug trafficking amid the influx of mostly Central Americans illegally crossing the Rio Grande. Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, and Texas House Speaker Joe Straus announced the $1.3 million per week effort last month.

State leaders approved funding for extra DPS troopers to fill in gaps in Border Patrol coverage in the Valley as the federal authorities were overwhelmed with an influx of children and families from Central America. The state officials feared Mexican drug cartels might exploit the situation to move their own drugs and human contraband while Border Patrol attention was turned elsewhere.

Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen said Perry's move smacked of political gamesmanship.

“All these politicians coming down to border, they don't care about solving the problem, they just want to make a political point,” he said.

State officials denied the move amounted to a militarization of the border.

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

DPS officials want to send National Guard troops into western areas of the Valley and the ranch lands further north, according to the memo.

“Smuggling has supposedly according to DPS moved West on the border with an increase in Jim Hogg County," the memo states. "DPS especially wants to apply the Guard in the rural areas to patrol.”

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Perry Sends 1000 National Guard to Border

Surprise, surprise! Sen. Hinojosa, a Democrat from McAllen claims this is political gamesmanship! The Democrats do that every single day and you can tell, because from McAllen to Chicago, from L.A. to D.C., all the democrats say the same thing. They regurgitate their talking points, verbatim, as if it just came to them on the spur of the moment! Political hacks from state and local governments to the Beltway must get all talking points daily via email, because they spew the same trash consistently, over and over again.

The only time we get to hear the truth is when they screw up into an open mike, ala John "Swift Boat" Kerry this past Sunday. Then he reverted to type and fashioned a "swift" reply (lie) per usual.