Politics: National Guard Sent to Border

Recently, Texas Governor Rick Perry has ordered National Guard troops to be sent to the Texan border immediately. This is a response to the thousands of unaccompanied minors who have entered the country from Central America. The Governor is also urging President Obama and Congress to send in an additional 3,000 troops to the border in an effort to tighten security. If these guards are sent, Perry hopes that they will replace the temporary guards. There are currently 3,000 border patrol guards watching over 320 miles of land and 250 miles of water. The only thing is that whichever party sends these troops is responsible for paying for them. If Governor Perry orders these troops, Texas will have to pay $12 million per month. Previously, President Obama requested $3.7 billion in emergency funds to help alleviate the influx of young immigrants entering the country illegally. Congress, however, has not been supportive of this request, which has resulted in a bit of a political standstill in regards to helping the border situation. The Obama administration is unsure of Perry’s motives since many of the unaccompanied minors are not trying to escape border patrol troops. Instead, many of them are turning themselves in after crossing the border.

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