Days after promising his state would act to secure its border with Mexico and enforce existing immigration laws with or without the Obama administration’s help, Texas Gov. Rick Perry took steps to put that plan into action.
State Sen. Juan Hinojosa revealed Sunday that Perry is prepared to station as many as 1,000 Texas National Guard members on the border, aided by helicopters and other equipment necessary to protect the state against an influx of illegal intruders.
A Democrat, Hinojosa said he is opposed to the plan.
“My position is that we do not need to militarize the border.”
Nevertheless, Perry has received plenty of support for his proposal.
— Jeff Leach (@leachfortexas) July 21, 2014
Another state leader revealed in an internal memo that the plan would not include militarizing the border; however, noting it would serve to stem the tide of “drug and human trafficking” that has plagued highways near the border in recent months.
Funding for the project would reportedly come out of ‘non-critical’ programs such as transportation.