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Texas National Guard Troops Heading To Border

Updated: Wednesday, August 13 2014, 06:17 PM CDT

Texas Governor Rick Perry gave a pep talk of sorts to the men and women answering a call to duty.  He asked for 1,000 volunteers and over 2,200 men and women have signed up for Operation Strong Safety.

"Your mission is clear, to be that visible presence to deter the criminal activity," added Perry.

Like gangs and drug cartels sneaking across large gaps in the border.

"Call them what they really are.  They are narco-terrorists because they are terrorizing America," said Perry.

The men and women will assist DPS troopers already in the region.

"We can make the cartels lives miserable," said DPS Director Colonel Steve McCraw.

Patrolling the border by land and water using enhanced observational equipment. Perry made no mention of how this operation will affect the countless immigrant children making their way into Texas.  The governor also refused to disclose when the National Guard's border mission will begin.

"We don't send the signals to the opposition of when we're going to be in place or for that matter tactics were going to use or technology we're going to be using," added Perry.

It will cost Texans an estimated $12 million per month to fund Operation Strong Safety.  Perry maintains it is the federal government's responsibility to secure the border so he expects the state to get reimbursed.

By Alex Boyer

Texas National Guard Troops Heading To Border

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