Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his call for the National Guard to be deployed on the Texas border to deter immigrants who are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
Gov. Perry said the thousands of requested National Guard troops could guard the border while the Feds train more Border Patrol agents.
During an interview with Fox News Sunday, Gov. Perry said that deporting the kids back to their countries was “the most humanitarian thing we can do”
“It’s important to do that because this flood of children is pulling away the border patrol from their normal duties of keeping bad people, keeping the drug cartels, …They’re being distracted. So, that I will suggest to you is a very obvious reason that those National Guard troops should come play an important role.” stated Gov. Perry.
Host Brit Hume made sure to remind Gov. Perry that the National Guard could not legally shoot or arrest the undocumented immigrants.
“I think what we’re talking about here is two different things, …What we’re talking about now is sending the message back now so we can staunch the bleeding” stated Gov. Perry.
According to U.S. law, the undocumented immigrants are entitled to a hearing in front of an immigration judge, but that may take up to 3 years.
Lauren Alder Reid, of the U.S. Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, told the Associated Press:
“This situation just happens to be a magnitude unlike anything we have ever seen”