Perry plans to send 1,000 troops to border

BY Ariel Min  July 21, 2014 at 4:51 PM EDT
Texas Governor Rick Perry is deploying 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border to boost security during a surge in illegal immigration by children. Photo by U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Texas Governor Rick Perry is deploying 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border to boost security during a surge in illegal immigration by children. Photo by U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Texas Gov. Rick Perry unveiled his plan Monday to immediately deploy about 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley to secure the Texas-Mexico border.

“I will not stand idly by,” Perry said. “The price of inaction is too high.”

He pressured President Barack Obama to send the National Guard to the border while criticizing the “lip service” and “empty promises” of the federal government.

The recent border crisis has been receiving national attention by tens of thousands of unaccompanied children illegally entering the U.S. Perry said criminals are exploiting this situation as border patrol is pulled away from law enforcement to humanitarian aid. Unaccompanied minors take up about 20% of the apprehended on the border, according to Perry.

The National Guard will provide additional support to a state-funded border surge that is costing an additional $1.3 million a week. CNN reported that Customs and Border Patrol budget jumped to $12.4 billion this year compared to $5 billion in 2002.

Earlier this month, the Obama administration asked for $3.7 billion in emergency funds from Congress to address the humanitarian crisis.