Border Sheriffs Pan Rick Perry’s Order to Send National Guard

"Leaders along the Texas border with Mexico slammed Gov. Rick Perry’s move Monday to send 1,000 National Guard troops to South Texas, saying overwhelmed counties need law enforcement and charitable aid, not militarization. ... Sheriffs and others along the border said they had not been consulted.  They questioned the wisdom of sending military personnel who are not authorized to stop anyone.  “At this time, a lot of people do things for political reasons. I don’t know that it helps,” said Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio.  He and other sheriffs said spending money to hire more deputies and police makes more sense.  Lucio said deputies, police and the U.S. Border Patrol work well together and that they have been able to handle the small uptick in crime along the border. ... Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, who represents the border area, said if crime were a reason to call out the National Guard, then based on statistics, the troops would be better sent to Dallas and Houston.  He said immigration is a polarizing issue and calling in troops is “a very simplistic answer to a complex problem” that involves gangs and poverty in Central America, desperate families and a broken immigration system." - Christy Hoppe, Dallas Morning News, Austin Bureau, July 21, 2014.