This time, it’ll be with the Texas National Guard–1000 of ’em–to be deployed by Rick Perry. Apparently, DPS troopers in military garb and automatic weapons just isn’t enough of a sideshow; now, Perry wants to militarize South Texas.
The National Guard troops will join the Texas Department of Public Safety in its recent surge to combat human smuggling and drug trafficking amid the influx of mostly Central Americans illegally crossing the Rio Grande.
This will send costs skyrocketing to about $5 million per week with no particular source in mind for this cash. (Update: Rick Perry’s people say that the cash will come from “non-critical” budget items like transportation and health care.)
And this is why Democrats running on the statewide ballot should never support anything Rick Perry does, especially if it’s DPS troopers or armed soldiers running around South Texas.
Hopefully, I’ll receive something slamming Rick Perry from Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte. For now, this is the best tweet.
We should be sending the Red Cross to the border not the National Guard. #RGV
— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) July 21, 2014