Take Two®

News and culture through the lens of Southern California. Hosted by A Martínez

Texas border communities question Gov. Rick Perry's plan to send 1,000 troops

by Take Two®

88439 full
Detainees wain in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, on June 18, 2014, in Brownsville,Texas. Pool/Getty Images

Up to 1,000 National Guard troops could arrive to the border in Texas as early as next month. That's according to a plan from Governor Rick Perry announced earlier this week.

"There can be no national security without border security, and Texans have paid too high a price for the federal government's failure to secure our border," Gov. Perry said Monday.

Perry said the deployment would multiply efforts already ongoing under the so-called Operation Strong Safety in order  "to combat the cartel activity, human traffickers and individual criminals."

But local law enforcement and communities along the border are raising concerns about the plan.

“The National Guard — they’re trained in warfare; they’re not trained in law enforcement,” Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio told the Dallas Morning News. “I need to find out what their actual role is going to be, but I think the money would be better spent giving local law enforcement more funds.”

Others are questioning the timing of the plan, estimated to cost taxpayers about $12 million a month.

"The number of children is starting to trail off, reduced almost by half from last month," Melissa del Bosque, reporter at the Texas Observer, who writes La Línea blog, told Take Two.

Many of those who are crossing the border aren't trying to evade arrest but are turning themselves into authorities, said del Bosque, so it's not clear what role the National Guard could play.

The fastest rising group of migrants are children under the age of 12, according to a Pew Research study out this week.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Enjoy Take Two®? Try KPCC’s other programs.

What's popular now on KPCC