Saying if the White House won't do it, he will, Governor Rick Perry ordered up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the border in DPS' ongoing fight against drug cartels and human traffickers dubbed “Operation Strong Safety.”
“By acting at a force multiplier on the ground and providing additional air assets beyond their current efforts,” Perry announced Monday.
“These additional resources will help combat the brutal Mexican drug cartels that are preying on our communities, and also to deter others,” he said.
The Obama administration dismissed Perry's deployment, calling it a 'temporary' solution.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest called it a 'symbolic' move by the Texas governor, insisting the administration has a more plausible plan.
“It seems to me that a much more powerful symbol would be the bi-partisan passage of legislation that would actually make an historic investment in border security,” Earnest told reporters.
The deployment will cost Texas taxpayers roughly $12 million a month, but state Attorney General Greg Abbott says we'll just bill the White House.
“Either Barack Obama completely turns his back on the United States border and it's challenges in what he terms a crisis, or he steps up and funds these operations,” Abbott told KTRH News.
Despite what many liberals and Democrats are arguing, Abbott says the call up is not about the recent surge of immigrant children at all, it's about protection from drug cartels and human traffickers.
“Members of the National Guard can be in a helicopter or an airplane to help us crack down on coyotes who are smuggling people across the border,” he says.
Abbott says if the president had done his job, we wouldn't be in this mess in the first place.