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Texas Seeks to Extend National Guard Deployment Along Border

Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 05:00 PM

Republican leaders in Texas on Tuesday asked for additional money from state lawmakers to extend National Guard deployments along the Texas border with Mexico that started last year.

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said there has been a significant increase in apprehensions of people crossing the border since the National Guard deployment began and the state legislature should fund deployments through August.

"Now is not the time to remove the National Guard from the border," Patrick said.

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry used money allocated to other law enforcement areas to deploy about 1,000 National Guard troops through March in response to a flood of immigrants crossing the border last summer, mainly from Central America.

Patrick said he is worried about the same thing happening again this coming summer.

"I have been told by law enforcement that their intel tells them the drug cartels and others who want to cross the border are ramping up in preparation for the decline of the Guard presence along the border," Patrick said.

On Tuesday, Patrick asked state lawmakers to appropriate $12 million to continue the deployment through May, when their current legislative session ends, and a supplemental budget to extend the presence through August.

The National Guard provides support functions for the U.S. Border Patrol and state police, and does not have arrest powers.

The Texas Legislature meets every other year in a 140-day session and Texas Republicans have proposed a significant increase in funding for border security in the upcoming budget.

Patrick said a decision would be made in September on whether to maintain the National Guard deployment, or replace it with additional state police officers, who can make arrests.

Some people who live along the border have objected to the National Guard deployment, saying it leaves people with images of hurricanes, civil unrest and major disasters.

Monica Weisberg-Stewart, chairwoman of the Immigration Committee of the Texas Border Coalition said the image damages investment and stalls economic growth. Only comprehensive reform will address illegal immigration and criminal cartels, she said.

"We do not have this unlawfulness that is being portrayed," she said. "That is not the way we live here on the border."

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Republican leaders in Texas on Tuesday asked for additional money from state lawmakers to extend National Guard deployments along the Texas border with Mexico that started last year.Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said there has been a significant increase in apprehensions...
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