WASHINGTON — Texas will see 250 National Guardsmen along the border with Mexico when troops are deployed Aug. 1 to help battle drug, immigrant and gun smuggling, federal officials said Monday.
“These troops will provide direct support to federal law enforcement officers and agents working in high-risk areas to disrupt criminal organizations seeking to move people and goods illegally across the Southwest border,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said.
The troops are part of 1,200 National Guardsmen ordered to the border by President Barack Obama in May.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Monday criticized the president's plan to beef up border security, saying that only 20 percent of the guardsmen deployed will end up in Texas, which has 64 percent of the 1,969-mile border with Mexico.
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