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Gov. Rick Perry sending National Guard to Texas border

By Will Weissert

Associated Press

Published: Monday, July 21 2014 2:37 p.m. MDT

Protesters line the overpass during a protest against people who immigrate illegally, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Conroe, Texas. Texas Gov. Rick Perry took his border security criticisms to an audience of Hispanic ministers in San Antonio, telling them the federal government should put more Border Patrol troops on the ground and drones in the air to secure the Texas-Mexico border.

Conroe Courier, Jason Fochtman, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry says he's deploying as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border after growing tired of "lip service" from the federal government.

Perry said Monday that the National Guard will provide additional support to a state-funded border surge that is costing an additional $1.3 million a week.

Much of the area has been overwhelmed in recent months by tens of thousands of unaccompanied children illegally entering the U.S.

Perry says criminals are exploiting the situation for human and drug trafficking.

More than 3,000 Border Patrol agents currently work in the region. The deployment of the National Guard is expected to unfold over the next 30 days.

Democrats and some Texas border sheriffs are criticizing the plan as an ill-conceived militarization.

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