From The Hill:
House Democrats are lining up in staunch opposition to the Republicans’ push to send the National Guard to the southern border.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has called on President Obama to use those troops to help personnel already on the ground. On Monday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry ® deployed the Guard to his state’s border, and a GOP border working group is soon to release policy recommendations expected to include similar plans.
But the Democrats contend the use of the Guard would do little to help a situation in which many of the new arrivals – thousands of them unaccompanied children – are surrendering to the authorities in hopes of qualifying to stay in the United States.
On the other hand, per Texas’ Lt Gov David Dewhearst:
“Our effort in Texas is not focused on the unaccompanied children…we are focused on-the unaccompanied children represent some 12%-20%. We’re focused on that 80, the 85% of which a quarter according to the border patrol, have a criminal record” he said about Texas’ recent deployment to of the National Guard to the southern border.
Dewhurst also attacked the federal government for refusing to provide resources to secure the border, declaring “I gave up on the federal government seven years ago.”
(video of him making that statement is at the link)
I would like to fact check his statement (as that would be dramatically different than what has been reported in the MSM to date), but, I’ll have to wait until actual numbers are published…and that will be a while.