It’s about time! With coyotees on jet skis whisking illegals over to America, it’s time to shut this operation down. The Rio Grande Valley is a free-for all for illegals and needs to be secured ASAP. Let’s hope others will follow…
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is set to announce Monday that 1,000 U.S. National Guard troops will be deployed to the Rio Grande Valley, according to an internal memo detailing the plan obtained on Sunday.
State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, confirmed that Perry is set to announce the deployment on Monday.
“Gov. Perry plans to hold a press conference tomorrow at 2 p.m. and he is calling up the National Guard to help out on the border,” Hinojosa said Sunday evening. “Of course, we are opposed to bringing up the National Guard. We do not need to militarize the border. These are families and children. We need to manage the situation.”
The National Guard troops will be deployed to the Valley to 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 is not a militarization of the border,” the memo states. “The DPS and the National Guard are working to keep any drug and human trafficking south of (U.S. Highway) 83 and with the goal of keeping any smuggling from entering major highways to transport East/West/and North.”
DPS officials want to send National Guard troops into western areas of the Valley and the ranch lands further north, according to the memo.
“Smuggling has supposedly according to DPS moved West on the border with an increase in Jim Hogg County,” the memo states. “DPS especially wants to apply the Guard in the rural areas to patrol.”
The National Guard deployment will cost up to $12 million per month, with $9.8 million of that personnel and vehicle costs and another $2.4 million estimated to cover the cost of helicopters.
“It would take a month to get 1,000 troops on the ground but they will only slowly call up the troops,” the memo states.
Activating the National Guard alongside DPS personnel will bring Texas’ total cost of deploying additional resources to the surge to $5 million per week.
“It is not clear where the money will come from in the budget,” the memo states, adding that Perry’s office has said the money will come from “non critical” areas, such as health care or transportation.
In a city with some of the nation’s tightest gun laws, 22 people were shot in just a 12-hour time period this weekend. One of the victims was an unsuspecting 11-year-old girl who was enjoying a slumber party at her friend’s house: Shamiya Adams was sitting on a bedroom floor in her best friend’s home, making s’mores after an evening of practicing a dance routine, when the shot ripped through the house in Garfield Park.
The bullet crashed through the wall of the bedroom and struck the 11-year-old in the head. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where family kept an overnight vigil until the girl was pronounced dead at 7:33 a.m. today.
Thirteen hours later, as police searched for the gunman, marshmallows and Hershey bars were still spread out on the bed, remnants of a summer sleepover turned tragic.
Traces of the girl’s blood could be seen just beneath a stuffed Tweety Bird doll hanging from the bedroom wall.
The outbreak follows a 4th of July weekend in which more than 60 people were shot and nine died. Chicago police are adding extra patrols to deal with the summer violence, but maybe the city, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, should take a page out of Detroit’s book:
Earlier this year, Detroit’s Chief of Police said that if more responsible Americans owned guns, it would help deter gun violence. Since then, the city has experienced a drop in crime, which the chief credits to armed citizens.
Think about it: If gun control laws were all that was needed to make our homes and streets safer, why is Chicago having such a problem keeping guns off the streets and out of the hands of criminals?