Texas' Davis Against Troops at Border but Backs US Funding for Security

Image: Texas' Davis Against Troops at Border but Backs US Funding for Security Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Wednesday, 06 Aug 2014 09:34 AM


  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis said on Tuesday she opposes her state's plan to send National Guard troops to the border with Mexico, but agreed the U.S. government should reimburse the state for any costs associated with border security.

Republicans, led by Texas Governor Rick Perry who is the main advocate of the plan, have called on the White House to have the federal government pick up the $12 million a month tab for the National Guard deployment that expected to start this month.

Davis told reporters the $12 million could be better allocated by helping support local sheriffs and relief groups, and has backed U.S. federal help for localities in paying for extra costs associated with border security, including managing the surge of mostly Central American immigrants across the border.

"At the end of the day, it is the federal government's responsibility to reimburse our costs as we proceed with caution and with care," Davis said.

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $694 million border security bill that allocated money for sending the National Guard to the border. The White House, which has seen its $3.7 billion border funding request rejected by Congress, has threatened a veto.

Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 election, has also asked Washington to pick up the tab.

Davis has called for a special session of the state legislature to allow local law enforcement and communities to discuss their needs as they address illegal immigration.

"What they did not ask for is $12 million a month be spent on a National Guard who doesn't even have the authority to detain and arrest people on the border," she said.

Perry has said the deployment was needed to curtail crime in the state and help the U.S. Border Patrol as it tries to manage a flood of children from Central America who are crossing a border that has not properly been secured.

Along with Davis, some cash-strapped border county sheriffs have criticized the deployment because the soldiers are not authorized to make arrests and will not be apprehending those who cross the border illegally.

State Senator Davis is running against Republican Greg Abbott, currently the state's attorney general, for governor. Abbott, who has a strong lead in the polls, has backed the National Guard deployment.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Convicted Virginia Delegate Resigns, Vows to Run Again

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 11:54 AM

Virginia State Delegate Joseph D. Morrissey agreed to resign after he accepted a plea deal last week on a misdemeanor co . . .

Politico: Clintons' Midterm Travel Costs $1.5 Million

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 10:56 AM

The cost of flying Bill and Hillary Clinton around the country on private jets to stump for Democratic candidates during . . .

Jeb Bush Meets With Potential 2016 Bundlers in Chicago

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 11:28 AM

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who announced earlier this week on social media that he has "decided to actively explore t . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved