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Perry Calls National Guard to the Border

Jul. 21, 2014

Texas Governor Rick Perry announced he is sending 1,000 National Guard troops to secure the border between his state and Mexico, saying, “The price of inaction is too high.” In an operation Perry calls Operation Strong Safety, the National Guard will help Border Patrol halt drug traffickers and other organized crime across the border. Some of Perry’s opponents accuse the governor of calling out the troops for political gain. But Perry’s move is an example of a state stepping in where the federal government has failed. The Border Patrol has focused on the waves of Central American children, diverting attention from the other problems along the border. Perry’s move places pressure on Obama, who has shirked his duty up to this point. More…

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