AUSTIN -- Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday his plans to send up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the border.
Perry announced his plans to deploy the Texas National Guard to combat the growing influx of illegal immigrants from Central America. Perry wants to spend about $12 million a month to send the troops to the Rio Grande Valley.
Those numbers are coming to light after the The Monitor obtained an internal memo from another state official's office.
Exactly where that money will come from was not outlined in the memo -- it only says Perry's office says it will come from "non-critical" areas, such as health care or transportation.
The troops will likely go to the western areas of the valley and the rural ranch land farther north.
On June 18, Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus agreed to give the Texas Department of Public Safety an additional $1.3 million per week for more 'boots on the ground' and 'more helicopters, more planes [and] more boats.'
Nearly 60,000 children have crossed into the United States from Central America since October. Perry says Texas needs all the help it can get on the border.
"What you have to have is this clear presence on the border, where people understand that you no longer can just freely go and walk across the Rio Grande and stay in America from now on. That's the message that we sent by these failed policies," Perry said last week.
Two weeks ago, Perry criticized President Barack Obama for visiting Texas but not taking a trip to the border. Instead, the leaders met in Dallas to discuss the issue.
The Texas National Guard is one leg of Texas Military Forces headquartered at Camp Mabry. In the past 10 years, these troops have responded most frequently to natural disasters includingi tropical storms, floods, wildfires and winter weather. The National Guard also provides civil support and law enforcement support.