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Statement by Gov. Perry Regarding the Obama Administration's National Guard Deployment Plan for the Southwest Border


Location: Austin, TX

Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding the Obama administration's National Guard deployment plan for the Southwest border:

"The Obama administration has announced its National Guard deployment plan for the Southwest Border, and only about 20 percent of these personnel will end up in Texas, which has 64 percent of the U.S.-Mexico border. For years I have asked the federal government to provide adequate resources along the border, including my request from January 2009 for 1,000 National Guard troops to increase boots on the ground and amplify border security efforts in Texas alone.

"We welcome any and all resources the federal government sends to secure the border since this is a federal responsibility; however, this latest effort is insufficient to meet the needs of securing the Texas-Mexico border. Texas will continue to urge the federal government to provide the necessary resources so the brave men and women of the Border Patrol can effectively do their jobs and protect our border communities, and the entire nation, from those who would do us harm."

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