July 21, 2014      4:07 PM
Perry uses controversial Exec Order deploying military to border
Shifts from humanitarian crisis to criminal incursions; law enforcement unclear about value of military
Gov. Rick Perry deflected criticism of his
executive order to send 1,000 National Guard troops to the border
this afternoon, shifting the focus from deportee children from war-torn
countries to drug traffickers and criminal opportunists crossing the Texas
border to commit hundreds of thousands of crimes over the last 6 years.
Perry’s decision to deploy the National Guard troops to assist the Department
of Public Safety in the ongoing effort called Operation Strong Safety leaked
out over the weekend, giving critics enough time to question the how, why and
how useful the National Guard would be at the state’s southern border.
Sen. Juan “Chuy”
Hinojosa, D-McAllen, called for support along the border last month with
emergency funds, but he balked
at the use of additional law enforcement in The Monitor over the
(cartels) are taking advantage of the situation,” Hinojosa told The Monitor.
“But our local law enforcement from the sheriff’s offices of the different
counties to the different police departments are
taking care of the situation. This is a civil matter, not a military matter.
What we need is more resources to hire more deputies, hire more Border Patrol.
These are young people, just families coming across. They’re not armed. They’re
not carrying weapons.”
By Kimberly Reeves