Perry expected to call up National Guard to Rio Grande Valley
Gov. Rick Perry is expected to announce Monday that he will activate up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley, state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, confirmed Sunday night.
Perry wants these troops to bolster the work already being done with a surge of Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, said Hinojosa’s spokesperson, Jennifer Saenz, who added that the governor gave the Rio Grande Valley delegation notice prior to the planned 2 p.m. announcement on border security. SOURCE
Someone can correct me if I’m wrong but it is my understanding that National Guard troops are at the disposal of the state unless those troops are already working under Federal orders. It is also my understanding that a Governor can call up those troops as he sees fit and as long as the state doing so pays the costs of the call-up provided the troops are not operating under Federal orders.
I am basing this on information from back in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit the New Orleans area and the Louisiana Army National Guard was ending their deployment to Iraq and were in Kuwait, phasing out and preparing to come home.
Once the Louisiana Army National Guard was home I presumed that they would almost immediately be called in to relieve the Guard Troops from other states that had been called in to act in their absence.
As it turned out, I was wrong.
It seems that it doesn’t take very long for a State Guard to be placed under Federal orders if a President decides to use them, but once they return home the time to release them back to the state is long and drawn out. To the best of my knowledge there were no Louisiana Guard troops involved in the Katrina response nor the clean-up itself unless it was at the very last part of that clean-up.
Again, as I understand it, if the Governor decides to take it upon himself to use the Guard it is the responsibility of the state to pay the salaries of the troops, feed, clothe and equip those troops and everything else that goes into a call-up of the Guard.
I applaud Gov. Perry if he does undertake this action and I’m pretty sure Texas will have the whereto when it comes to the expense involved, but I honestly do NOT believe that the state of Texas should have to bear this burden alone.
Our nation is being invaded by illegals.
I have posted many articles about this over the last several years and I have also pointed out that securing the border of the United States is the job of the Federal government. I am not just speaking of the Texas border either; this also goes for the states of New Mexico, Arizona and California. The Federal government has an obligation to secure the U.S. border from end to end.
Sadly, the Federal government has been drastically lacking in performing their duty.
For many years now the U.S. Border Patrol has been out there on the front lines of this battle, doing everything in their power to stem the flow of illegals entering the USA. The Border Patrol has been, of late, reduced to playing the role of a *toothless tiger* as they have had their operating funds drastically reduced to the point of Border Patrol Officers actually being forced to pay for fuel for their issued vehicles out of their own pockets.
I personally know of instances where Border Patrol Officers spent their entire shift in the break room of their assigned location; playing cards, watching TV, sleeping, all because they had no fuel to operate their Border Patrol vehicles and had NO desire to pay for fuel from their own pockets.
I know, from 1st hand knowledge, of ICE Agents telling a Sheriff that if his Deputies arrest the illegals that those persons would be his, the Sheriff’s responsibility because they, ICE Agents weren’t going to come pick up suspected illegals nor were they going to accept them into custody. Continue reading