Gov. Perry visits National Guard troops ahead of border deployment

BASTROP (CNN) - Governor Rick Perry met with some of the 1,000 National Guard Troops he plans to send to the state's southern border.

Perry visited the Camp Swift Army National Guard Training Center in Bastrop Wednesday. He's hoping his decision to send extra troops to the border will help combat crime now that border patrol is busy dealing with an influx of migrant children crossing into the US from Mexico.

"Your message and your mission is very clear.  To be that visible presence, to deter the criminal activity, contribute those additional eyes and ears to assist law enforcement and border patrol agents along the border, and I think it's time we stop calling these criminal nice names like cartels and gangs and call them what they really are.  These are narco-terrorists, because they are terrorizing Americans."

The National Guard will not make arrests, but will "refer" suspected criminal activity to the Texas Department of Safety. They will also patrol the border by air, especially at night. And they will amass at the border, in a move perry hopes will provide a strong enough presence to deter criminals.  


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