Texas Goveronor Perry activates National Guard for border security
Monday, July 21, 2014 - 02:19
Texas Gov. Rick Perry uses his executive authority to activate up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure Texas border region against ''criminal alien'' activity. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Texas Governor Rick Perry said on Monday (July 21) that he is using his executive authority to activate up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure the border region against what he described as an "assault" of criminal activity by undocumented migrants.
In making the announcement, Perry said over 200,000 "criminal aliens" have been booked in Texas county jails since 2008 and that they were responsible for some 640,000 individual crimes, including more than 3,000 homicides and nearly 8,000 sexual assaults.
"I will not stand idly by while our citizens are under assault," Perry said.
The Governor said the current surge of undocumented migrants crossing the U.S. border, which include many unaccompanied minors, is a "human tragedy" but that "equally concerning" is the fact the children traveling alone make only 20%, he said, of those who are apprehended along the border.
"As the brave men and women of our border patrol are pulled away from their law enforcement duties to give humanitarian aid, drug cartels, human traffickers, individual criminals are exploiting this tragedy for their own criminal opportunities," Perry said.
The National Guard troops will be in support of an ongoing state-led operation to help secure the border that Perry said was code-named Operation Strong Safety, according to Perry.
"These additional resources will help combat the brutal Mexican drug cartels that are preying upon our communities and also will help deter others before they have a chance to harm our citizens and become criminal aliens within our borders," he said.
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