Perry to deploy 1000 National Guard troops to the border

posted at 11:21 am on July 21, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Having taken a leadership role in the public debate over the border crisis, Rick Perry plans to fill the operational leadership role as well — at least symbolically. The Texas governor will activate 1,000 National Guard troops and send them in support roles to the US-Mexico border to tighten security, and to send a message about the lack of action from the federal government in the crisis:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to announce he will activate the Texas National Guard at a news conference Monday in Austin, said state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen.

Hinojosa did not have details of the effort, but an internal memo from another state official’s office said the governor planned to call about 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley — at a cost of about $12 million per month.

How much impact will 1,000 troops have? Certainly it will increase the intimidation factor, providing perhaps more of a deterrent than currently in play in this crisis. However, the memo stresses that the troops will be used for support missions, and not provide a “militarization” of the border. Primarily, Perry wants to augment Border Patrol efforts to stop human and other smuggling, as well as make a statement about the extent of the problems Texans face in the border areas.

Hinojosa isn’t a big fan of the idea, which is probably why he leaked it ahead of Perry’s planned announcement:

Hinojosa said the National Guard was not equipped to aid immigrants crossing the Rio Grande.

“They (cartels) are taking advantage of the situation,” he said. “But our local law enforcement from the sheriff’s offices of the different counties to the different police departments are taking care of the situation. This is a civil matter, not a military matter. What we need is more resources to hire more deputies, hire more Border Patrol.

“These are young people, just families coming across. They’re not armed. They’re not carrying weapons.”

Well, someone is, and not just cheap handguns either. The Border Patrol found itself under fire on Friday night from what they think were.50-caliber weapons, not exactly light arms. The fire appears to have been an attempt to suppress border security actions while smugglers brought their human cargo to the north side of the Rio Grande, according to Fox (via Katie Pavlich):

U.S. Border Patrol agents on the American side of the Rio Grande were forced to take cover Friday night when high-caliber weaponry was fired at them from the Mexican side of the river, sources told FoxNews.com.

The weapons were fired at the U.S. side of the riverbank in the area of the Rincon Peninsula across the Rio Grande from Reynosa, Mexico, at about 8:30 p.m., sources said. Bullets ricocheted into an area where Border Patrol agents were positioned, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, told FoxNews.com.

Border Patrol sources confirmed Gohmert’s account, and said the shots may have been fired by .50-caliber weapons.

“We don’t have any armor that can stop a .50-caliber round, so our Border Patrol agents had to take cover when the rounds were richocheting around them,” said Gohmert, who has been in the area for the last week to get a first-hand look at the border situation.

“When the shooting stopped, about 40 to 50 people came out on the U.S. side and turned themselves in. So clearly the rounds were being fired to suppress every effort to stop anybody intervening with anyone or anything coming across,” Gohmert added. “We have no idea what or how many or whom came across with the other illegal immigrants.”

Sources said they believe the gunfire came from members of Mexican drug cartels, which include former military members trained in shooting that type of weaponry.

That would be a problem that the National Guard could address, certainly, if this incident has been verified — if the federal government won’t react to it. The Border Patrol has been complaining about escalating tensions across the border for quite a while, so it’s not as if the White House has lacked opportunities to demonstrate action. In the absence of leadership, the Obama administration is giving Rick Perry plenty of opportunity to raise his profile, and the profile of the border crisis.

Ron Fournier wonders what the White House is thinking with its “business as usual” messaging in the middle of these crises, albeit in the context of two other crises:

President Obama’s decision to stick with his schedule of fundraisers and photo opportunities amid twin foreign policy crises elicited one of the most disconnected and disingenuous statements you’ll ever see from a White House. …

This points to the fundamental problem with Obama’s communications ethos: He and his advisers are so certain about their moral and political standing that they believe it’s enough to make a declaration. If we say it, the public should believe it.

That’s not how it works. A president must earn the public’s trust. He must teach and persuade; speak clearly, and follow word with action; show empathy toward his rivals, and acknowledge the merits of a critique. A successful president pays careful attention to how his image is projected both to U.S. voters and to the people of the world. He knows that to be strong, a leader must look strong. Image matters, especially in an era so dominated by them.

In the story that quoted PalmieriNew York Times journalist Michael D. Shear reported that White House aides “gave no consideration to abandoning the president’s long-planned schedule” Thursday. No consideration, really? Is this White House so stubborn and out of touch that presidential advisers didn’t even consider tweaking his schedule? Unless the White House lied to Shear, the answer is yes.

There is much to be said about presenting a calm, steady, and phlegmatic front. It’s another thing entirely to go out for a Cheeseburger In Paradise while pretending nothing out of the ordinary was happening. One demonstrates leadership, and the other its opposite. That sucking sound at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is the leadership vacuum at full bore.


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Ay Uaxe on July 21, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Congress declares war, so that won’t happen…but trading gun fire, that may, and our men will be found “guilty”.

right2bright on July 21, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Somewhat plausible scenario: TX NG deploys to border, receives fire, returns fire, firing increases, Mexican Army assets are id’d, taken out, then either war begins, which should completely close the border or the two governments finally get real about securing both sides of the border and averting war. Between the “eithers,” I suspect the former is most likely, considering the ineptitude and fecklessness of both countries’ current regimes.

Ay Uaxe on July 21, 2014 at 1:29 PM

BUT – will the TX NG have the ability to return fire?
If not, this whole scenario falls apart and we just end up with defenseless Americans getting killed in a big open “gun free zone” at the border.

dentarthurdent on July 21, 2014 at 1:36 PM

These illegals are easily led, you could send them back home on charter flights paid for by Texas or private individuals, and these children, especially would not know they were not flying to California or Massachusetts. Scoop them up, “get in the van,” hot shower for you, new clean clothers, nice meal, “get on the plane” and then fly them home. Why can’t others do it?

Fleuries on July 21, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Cool your jets you perrykrishnas.

Your betters will clue you in on what an idiot crony capitalist ex-dem RINO he is.

They have their talking points down pat.

cozmo on July 21, 2014 at 1:39 PM

the cartels like to shoot at border patrol when they get too close. The national guard should attempt to provoke this action from smugglers to trigger its ability to fire by returning fire.

The national guard cannot simply be shot at and not respond. As such, if you put them on the line… they will be shot at… and they should return fire.

THAT would change the border. If the cartels know that shooting at the border patrol means a heavy military response rather then the border patrol running away… that will change everything.

Karmashock on July 21, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Governors need to activate their National Guard units and send them to D.C. to fix the real problems with the nation.

justltl on July 21, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Cool your jets you perrykrishnas.

Your betters will clue you in on what an idiot crony capitalist ex-dem RINO he is.

They have their talking points down pat.

cozmo on July 21, 2014 at 1:39 PM

The joys of HA.

gophergirl on July 21, 2014 at 1:52 PM

I want to counter some of the cynicism, ignorance, and (perhaps some) maligning of Gov. Perry in regard to the Texas legislature near unanymous passage of in-state tuition for immigrant children. If you actually read the legislation, which the haters clearly have not, then you’d find that eligibility requirements are exceedingly strict, and that applicants must have 1) been brought to the U.S. as minors (makes them not culpable), 2) have gone through the TX school system (cannot be a 16-19 yo that comes across, enrolls in hs, & graduates within 1-2 yrs and then thinks he’s gonna get in-state prices…not happenin), AND 3) must be a LEGAL RESIDENT (in the process of naturalization). Illegal aliensdo not get in-state tuition prices in Texas.

Also, a quick heads up: Texas is not funded by an income tax, so even illegal aliens are state taxpayers here. Man, do I love Texas! The land of voter I.D. laws and no state income taxes…and the best governor (both symbolically & literally) of the 50 states! We are blessed!

TXJenny on July 21, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Karmashock on July 21, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Based on this comment, I have no confidence tha the NG troops will even be armed – in which case they CAN’T return fire.

However, the memo stresses that the troops will be used for support missions, and not provide a “militarization” of the border.

If the NG troops are unarmed, or have ROE that says they can’t return fire, then they’re nothing but additional targets for the cartels – and this will not end well.

dentarthurdent on July 21, 2014 at 1:53 PM

*unanimous

I hate the inability to edit posts here. Oh well!

TXJenny on July 21, 2014 at 1:55 PM

TXJenny on July 21, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Careful- you are not allowed to derail the objectifiers who are busy painting “RINO Amnesty Lover!!!” on Gov. Perry because of signing that legislation. That is, when they’re not busy shouting BOOOOOOOOSSHHSHCrony!!

At least one of those RINO-hunters even claims to live in Texas; this is the one wants us to stop drilling for natural gas because there might not be any left over for his daughter.

Dolce Far Niente on July 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM

TXJenny on July 21, 2014 at 1:53 PM

MsJenny – Lordy that kool aid must be way over 100 proof!

As a fellow Texan I’d like to counter your apparent rose colored glass view – Rick Perry is NOT to be trusted – PERIOD end of story

Tricky Ricky is only as “conservative” as whatever extra votes he feels he can acquire by periodically “posing” as a conservative

Katfish on July 21, 2014 at 2:06 PM

And I am always in favor of MORE MORE MORE petroleum production in Texas and all over Norte Amerika

Katfish on July 21, 2014 at 2:11 PM

The joys of HA.

gophergirl on July 21, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Almost as much fun as 2012.

We are blessed!

TXJenny on July 21, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Texas is hell on Earth. Yankees stay away. Texas already has too many.

Katfish on July 21, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Sing it sister!
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Man, Perry hatin’ nutballs are fun.

cozmo on July 21, 2014 at 2:24 PM

cosmo,

“When National Guard units are not under federal control, the governor is the commander-in-chief of the units of his or her respective state. States are free to employ their National Guard forces under state control for state purposes and at state expense as provided in the state’s constitution and statutes. In doing so, governors, as commanders-in-chief, can directly access and utilize the Guard’s federally assigned aircraft, vehicles and other equipment so long as the federal government is reimbursed for the use of fungible equipment and supplies such as fuel, food stocks, etc.

The Governor can activate National Guard personnel to “State Active Duty” in response to natural or man-made disasters or Homeland Defense missions. State Active Duty is based on State statute and policy as well as State funds.”

I hope the above will help to educate you a bit.

Cherokee on July 21, 2014 at 2:24 PM

MsJenny – Lordy that kool aid must be way over 100 proof!

As a fellow Texan I’d like to counter your apparent rose colored glass view – Rick Perry is NOT to be trusted – PERIOD end of story

Tricky Ricky is only as “conservative” as whatever extra votes he feels he can acquire by periodically “posing” as a conservative

Katfish on July 21, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Care to back up your claims? Jenny backed up her post with facts. You quickly dismissed it and made some claims of your own. Now please explain why Perry cannot be trusted.

Jack_Burton on July 21, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen Mexico.

FIFY

GarandFan on July 21, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Man, Perry hatin’ nutballs are fun.

cozmo on July 21, 2014 at 2:24 PM

They make me laugh.

gophergirl on July 21, 2014 at 2:26 PM

cosmo,

I hope the above will help to educate you a bit.

Cherokee on July 21, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Um, what part of that did I not already know?

cozmo on July 21, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Careful- you are not allowed to derail the objectifiers who are busy painting “RINO Amnesty Lover!!!” on Gov. Perry because of signing that legislation. That is, when they’re not busy shouting BOOOOOOOOSSHHSHCrony!!

At least one of those RINO-hunters even claims to live in Texas; this is the one wants us to stop drilling for natural gas because there might not be any left over for his daughter.

Dolce Far Niente on July 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Oh noes, you totally destroyed me, didn’t you two!?!

Also of note is the fact that he goes to mexico and talks about a free flow of people between the two nations. You know, borderless.
He has several times supported amnesty. He has actually sent letters out pushing for amnesty to happen.
He is against e-verify.
He is against workplace enforcement efforts.
He is against allowing police to check status of those they come into legal contact with.

It is not just one thing… It is an entire part of him that thinks Mexicans are more his fellowship than American Citizens.

astonerii on July 21, 2014 at 2:28 PM

It is an entire part of him that thinks Mexicans are more his fellowship than American Citizens.

astonerii on July 21, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Yes dear, go have another doob.

cozmo on July 21, 2014 at 2:29 PM

US Constitution, Article 4, Section 4, states that the federal gummint will guarantee states against invasion. So, Perry is just Obama’s job for him – the fact that Obama looks stupid is not the point.
Meanwhile I hear those Mexican .50 caliber guns are pretty nasty, so – what’s that you say? Mexico doesn’t manufacture .50 caliber guns? Well, then, where did they get them? Eric who?

DublOh7 on July 21, 2014 at 2:30 PM

cosmos, perhaps I mis-understood your last post concerning Perry. If that is the case, then I apologize.

Cherokee on July 21, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Republicans just simply are not done with their losing it seems to me. They can leave millions of voters home again in 2016. Just pick another loser like McCain and Romney. Perry just ain’t going to get people to bring their family, friends and coworkers to the polls in his current incarnation. Maybe he can be reborn, but it better be as a real Pro-American who sees his fellow countrymen in a better light than he does the people south of our border.
If he can convince me that his love affair with Senorita Hispanica was really just a boyhood crush and he has grown up to see that Miss United States of America and her people are his true love, he can earn my vote. I thought he was a great guy coming out in 2012. Feel free to go back and search the archives to see if I supported him when he first announced. Maybe he can go back to his opening lines when he first announced his candidacy in 2012, and that might help a bit, but before I back him, before I talk to relatives, friends and coworkers on his behalf, he is going to have to make such a striking split with Mexico that there will never be any potential future rekindling.

astonerii on July 21, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Cherokee on July 21, 2014 at 2:31 PM

That’s alright. These Perry threads can get kind of interesting real fast.

Perry calling out the National Guard is going to get a lot of panties in a wad. I’m looking forward to seeing it. Right now I’m wondering when, and how quietly, they will be drawn down. They can’t spend much time deployed before it starts to dip in to the rainy day fund.

Though, the next step I see is Abbott suing 0bama to reimburse the cost. It will nationalize the state races and force the democrat candidates to pick a side.

cozmo on July 21, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Also of note is the fact that he goes to mexico and talks about a free flow of people between the two nations. You know, borderless.
He has several times supported amnesty. He has actually sent letters out pushing for amnesty to happen.
He is against e-verify.
He is against workplace enforcement efforts.
He is against allowing police to check status of those they come into legal contact with.

It is not just one thing… It is an entire part of him that thinks Mexicans are more his fellowship than American Citizens.

astonerii on July 21, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Whoa. You’ve run off the rails there, dude. Texas is the number one export state because of our Gulf ports and our trade with Mexico. Trade is a large part of the healthy Texas economy. That free flow you refer to is a free LEGAL flow of goods and LEGAL people, going back and forth doing business. If you think he’s against borders, you are really misinformed.

juliesa on July 21, 2014 at 2:50 PM

cozmo on July 21, 2014 at 2:39 PM

What I like about Perry is that he has the cajones to at least try to do something.It reminds me of Teddy Roosevelt’s “The Critic”.

Cherokee on July 21, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Good for Rick.

V7_Sport on July 21, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Cherokee on July 21, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Well, lets not go lionize the governor yet.

I’ve been kind of PO’ed at the guy since he browbeat a state trooper back before he even became governor. He’s got his warts, but he ain’t as bad as many other politicians.

The good thing about Perry is that he learns from his screw ups. Sometimes he even figures it out from other peoples screw ups.

The only thing here more fun than skewering Perry hatin’ nutballs is teasing Perrykrishnas.

cozmo on July 21, 2014 at 2:56 PM

http://www.texastribune.org/

Link to press conference

gophergirl on July 21, 2014 at 2:59 PM

The only thing here more fun than skewering Perry hatin’ nutballs is teasing Perrykrishnas.

cozmo on July 21, 2014 at 2:56 PM

If you didn’t tease me I would think you no longer liked me

HEE

gophergirl on July 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Also of note is the fact that he goes to mexico and talks about a free flow of people between the two nations. You know, borderless.
He has several times supported amnesty. He has actually sent letters out pushing for amnesty to happen.
He is against e-verify.
He is against workplace enforcement efforts.
He is against allowing police to check status of those they come into legal contact with.

It is not just one thing… It is an entire part of him that thinks Mexicans are more his fellowship than American Citizens.

astonerii on July 21, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Whoa. You’ve run off the rails there, dude. Texas is the number one export state because of our Gulf ports and our trade with Mexico. Trade is a large part of the healthy Texas economy. That free flow you refer to is a free LEGAL flow of goods and LEGAL people, going back and forth doing business. If you think he’s against borders, you are really misinformed.

juliesa on July 21, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Off the rails? He’s working for OFA trying to elect democrats.

There were at least three other times we had smaller discussions. Maybe you should get a notepad and write this down. If the Republican nominee is Romney, then astonerii and his extended family will be voting for Obama.
astonerii on February 6, 2012 at 11:54 AM

The point of voting Obama is to try to prevent Romney from ruining the brand name. Like Bush did….
astonerii on February 2, 2012 at 7:38 PM

I vote Obama if the only other choice on the ballot is Romney.
astonerii on October 9, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Me, I will convince my 28 member extended family to vote Obama […
You can b!tch and moan all you want about how unfair it is….
astonerii on January 27, 2012 at 6:09 PM

If you cannot live with another 4 years of Obama, pity to you for being such a pathetically weak person.
astonerii on March 21, 2012 at 11:22 PM

I will actively vote against Romney, I will vote for the conservative in the Senate and House. […] I will not go third party, I will go for the throat and vote direct for Obama.
[...] Vote for Obama, vote for the conservative for congress. Got it.
astonerii on February 1, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I would vote Obama just to shut people like you up.
astonerii on November 29, 2011 at 8:20 PM

I see Romney as a bigger long term threat to the nation than Obama.
astonerii on April 5, 2012 at 7:09 PM

I will vote Obama…
astonerii on April 18, 2011 at 12:29 PM

I vote Obama if Romney is on the ticket. I will not go so far as to send a donation or put a sticker on my bumper, I never put stickers on my bumper, but I will vote.
astonerii on July 17, 2011 at 5:42 PM

I can vote for Obama. This gives the most value. I am young enough to fight in a civil war today and a decade or so more, thus if I vote Obama, and he can bring the collapse of the American dollar and our economy faster than the R, my vote for him gives me value.
[...]
According to my chart, voting Obama if the primary voters decide to pick a progressive is my next best option.
astonerii on June 17, 2011 at 8:47 PM

V7_Sport on July 21, 2014 at 3:04 PM

If he can convince me……
astonerii on July 21, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Since you are a narcissistic Obama shill you should stay at home and watch TV on election day. Just pretend it’s like every other day.

V7_Sport on July 21, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Perry/Cruz 2016.

hillsoftx on July 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Can’t happen. See 12th Amendment to US Constitution.

idalily on July 21, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Whoa. You’ve run off the rails there, dude. Texas is the number one export state because of our Gulf ports and our trade with Mexico. Trade is a large part of the healthy Texas economy. That free flow you refer to is a free LEGAL flow of goods and LEGAL people, going back and forth doing business. If you think he’s against borders, you are really misinformed.

juliesa on July 21, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Free flow of people…
Complete lack of internal controls.
No border controls.

astonerii on July 21, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Can’t happen. See 12th Amendment to US Constitution.

idalily on July 21, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Actually, it CAN happen, but it won’t.
We batted this around in a thread many months ago.

The 12th just says that the electors (in the elctoral college) can only vote for one person (Pres or VP) from their home state.
So because of the limitations in the electoral college, it would be foolish to have a ticket where both come from the same state – as they would lose half of their home state’s votes.

dentarthurdent on July 21, 2014 at 3:33 PM

However, the memo stresses that the troops will be used for support missions, and not provide a “militarization” of the border.

Then they’re worthless and this is a joke.
ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 21, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Yep.

bluegill on July 21, 2014 at 3:36 PM

I am very happy that you hold no power to make any decision about what happens on the border. FYI crazy talk like this is why some people think the tea party is racist and republicans can’t be trusted with power. Shooting is always the answer to every problem.

coolrepublica on July 21, 2014 at 11:36 AM

That’s interesting. Here, in America, coolrepublica thinks it’s racist to respect borders and sovereignty. In other parts of the world, she’s a little more charitable:

Sovereignty is not dammed, but the people in West Bank wish Israel recognized their borders. But alas, what’s Israel’s is Israel’s and what’s Palestinian is also Israel’s.

coolrepublica on July 20, 2014 at 1:20 AM

anuts on July 21, 2014 at 3:55 PM

If you actually read the legislation, which the haters clearly have not, then you’d find that eligibility requirements are exceedingly strict, and that applicants must have 1) been brought to the U.S. as minors (makes them not culpable), 2) have gone through the TX school system (cannot be a 16-19 yo that comes across, enrolls in hs, & graduates within 1-2 yrs and then thinks he’s gonna get in-state prices…not happenin), AND 3) must be a LEGAL RESIDENT (in the process of naturalization). Illegal aliensdo not get in-state tuition prices in Texas.

TXJenny on July 21, 2014 at 1:53 PM

You’re full of it. Here’s what I found on the particulars:

To get state resident tuition rates, undocumented students [not LEGAL RESIDENTS but ILLEGALS] are required to establish: 1) that they’ve been Texas residents for at least a year before they enroll in college; and 2) that they continuously lived in Texas for at least three years before graduating from high school or obtaining a GED.

They also must sign an affidavit pledging that they will apply for legal status when they are eligible. [Oooooh!!] But neither the universities nor the state check on whether they do. With Congress deadlocked over an immigration overhaul, it’s unclear when permanent legal residency would be available.

In fiscal 2011, there were 18,623 undocumented students who signed affidavits and attended public higher education institutions in Texas. That’s about 1 percent of all students enrolled in the state schools and colleges, according to Dominic Chavez, a spokesman for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Between 2002, when the law took effect, and Aug. 31, 2011, the end of the latest year for which figures are available, the cumulative total of students signing affidavits was 38,656, he said.

In addition, here’s what the idiot Perry actually said about it all. I don’t see anything about “legal residents” …

“Every day I have Texans on that border that are doing their job. But if you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they’ve been brought there by no fault of their own, I don’t think you have a heart. We need to be educating these children, because they will become a drag on our society.”

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 21, 2014 at 3:57 PM

AND 3) must be a LEGAL RESIDENT (in the process of naturalization). Illegal aliensdo not get in-state tuition prices in Texas.

TXJenny on July 21, 2014 at 1:53 PM

So, why did you feel you had to lie about this? There is NO SUCH REQUIREMENT in the law (HB 1403):

What is House Bill 1403 (passed by the 77th Texas Legislature in 2001)?
House Bill 1403 granted certain non-immigrant students, including undocumented students, access to in-state tuition rates at Texas public institutions of higher education and state financial aid. To qualify, the bill required students to have:

- resided in Texas with a parent or guardian while attending high school in Texas,
- graduated from a public or private high school or received a GED in Texas,
- resided in Texas for the three years leading to graduation or receipt of a GED, and
- provided their institutions a signed affidavit indicating an intent to apply for permanent resident status as soon as able to do so.

Do you understand the difference between a SIGNED AFFIDAVIT of INTENT (LOL … to get anything signed by an illegal and expect it to be honored) and actual legal residency??

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 21, 2014 at 4:04 PM

If Gov. Perry did not order with their deployment to the border, use of armed force against the invaders and their facilitators, including immediate forced deportations, then it will be nothing more than a costly PR stunt.

Tripwhipper on July 21, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Jenny,

Further, it isn’t up to any illegal to decide that he/she will become a legal resident. That isn’t their choice. They are illegals and have NO RIGHT to be anywhere in this nation. NONE. I don’t care if they promised their first born in order to get in-state tuition. It isn’t their choice. They shouldn’t be here, at all, and if they refuse to go home they certainly shouldn’t be getting any tuition breask that out-of-state AMERICANS can’t get. That is just insane.

You can apologize for your serious and misleading “mistake” any time you want and then take our side against Perry and his love for ILLEGALS and shuffling state money and education resources towards them – ILLEGALS, not legal residents.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 21, 2014 at 4:08 PM

coolrepublica on July 21, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia…wake up already. Where do those kids get to go when shooting ensues? Multi-thread.

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 11:38 AM

http://heyjackass.com/enlightening-commentary/stupidity-in-progress/

davidk on July 21, 2014 at 4:11 PM

The good thing about Perry is that he learns from his screw ups. Sometimes he even figures it out from other peoples screw ups.

Bingo! Although sometimes I think that to really appreciate that trait you have to be from a place where they stick to their mistakes and never admit them, just like federal agencies under the O.

Shay on July 21, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Shooting is always the answer to every problem.

coolrepublica on July 21, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Border Patrol agents were fired upon by high-powered weapons being deemed “machine guns.” The.50 caliber rounds were fired from the Mexican side of the Rio Grande. The American law enforcement officers attempting to secure the border were forced to immediately seek cover when the firing began on Friday evening. Although the exact type of weaponry used is still undetermined, the guns have been referred to as machine guns because the cartel is reportedly known to routinely utilize those types of firearms.

The Border Patrol agents took machine gun fire while on the United States side of the riverbank in the Rincon Peninsula area. The region is located across from Reynosa, Mexico. The incident took place around 8:30 pm. The.50 caliber bullets ricocheted around the quick-moving Border Patrol as they repositioned themselves, according to Texas Republican Representative Louie Gohmert.

Louie Gohmert had this to say about machine guns being fired at Border Patrol agents near the Rincon Peninsula:

“We don’t have any armor that can stop a.50 caliber round, so our Border Patrol agents had to take cover when the rounds were richocheting around them. When the shooting stopped, about 40 to 50 people came out on the U.S. side and turned themselves in. So clearly the rounds were being fired to suppress every effort to stop anybody intervening with anyone or anything coming across. We have no idea what or how many or whom came across with the other illegal immigrants.”

http://www.inquisitr.com/1364977/machine-guns-fired-at-border-patrol-agents-along-the-texas-border/

davidk on July 21, 2014 at 4:17 PM

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#Obama has deported 38 ppl. That brings the odds of illegally getting to stay in US down from 100% to 99.9955%. That’ll scare ‘em.

davidk on July 21, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Care to back up your claims? Jenny backed up her post with facts.

Jack_Burton on July 21, 2014 at 2:24 PM

No. Jenny lied. The actual text of the law states:

SECTION 2. Section 54.052, Education Code, is amended by
1-14 adding Subsection (j) to read as follows:
1-15 (j) Notwithstanding any other provision of this subchapter,
1-16 an individual shall be classified as a Texas resident until the
1-17 individual establishes a residence outside this state if the
1-18 individual resided with the individual’s parent, guardian, or
1-19 conservator while attending a public or private high school in this
1-20 state and:
1-21 (1) graduated from a public or private high school or
1-22 received the equivalent of a high school diploma in this state;
1-23 (2) resided in this state for at least three years as
1-24 of the date the person graduated from high school or received the
2-1 equivalent of a high school diploma;
2-2 (3) registers as an entering student in an institution
2-3 of higher education not earlier than the 2001 fall semester; and
2-4 (4) provides to the institution an affidavit stating
2-5 that the individual will file an application to become a permanent
2-6 resident at the earliest opportunity the individual is eligible to
2-7 do so.

Not legal residents, as Jenny claimed – even as she tried to act as if she had read the actual text of the law. ILLEGALS.

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davidk on July 21, 2014 at 4:35 PM

If he can convince me that his love affair with Senorita Hispanica was really just a boyhood crush and he has grown up to see that Miss United States of America and her people are his true love, he can earn my vote.

I suppose I should congratulate you on taking jingoism to a new even more disturbing place.

Kudos on raising the bar of crazy.

Tlaloc on July 21, 2014 at 5:23 PM

cozmo on July 21, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Um….er………….no females here

Katfish on July 21, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Jack_Burton on July 21, 2014 at 2:24 PM

First a question – are you a resident of the Lone Star State?

I don’t have to prove my opinion – it’s MINE

But a couple of words do come to mind………

GARDISIL

Property Taxes

Katfish on July 21, 2014 at 5:31 PM

I suppose I should congratulate you on taking jingoism to a new even more disturbing place.

Kudos on raising the bar of crazy.

Tlaloc on July 21, 2014 at 5:23 PM

I’m not here to earn votes… Then again, Perry is trying to gain votes. It is not my fault that he takes the side of non citizens over those of citizens of his own nation all the time.

astonerii on July 21, 2014 at 5:45 PM

If Gov. Perry did not order with their deployment to the border, use of armed force against the invaders and their facilitators, including immediate forced deportations(You honestly need to ask “IF”?), then it will be ALREADY IS nothing more than a costly PR stunt.

Tripwhipper on July 21, 2014 at 4:05 PM

No charge for the correction

Katfish on July 21, 2014 at 5:51 PM

At least the TX NG won’t be handing out “welcome to America gift bags of goodies” like Beck and Cruz. Their’s is the publicity stunt.

Texas Gal on July 21, 2014 at 5:59 PM

If Gov. Perry did not order with their deployment to the border, use of armed force against the invaders and their facilitators, including immediate forced deportations(You honestly need to ask “IF”?), then it will be ALREADY IS nothing more than a costly PR stunt.

Tripwhipper on July 21, 2014 at 4:05 PM

No charge for the correction

Katfish on July 21, 2014 at 5:51 PM

That’s it, Governor Perry is dead to me now.
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slickwillie2001 on July 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM

At least the TX NG won’t be handing out “welcome to America gift bags of goodies” like Beck and Cruz. Their’s is the publicity stunt.

Texas Gal on July 21, 2014 at 5:59 PM

You are right, they will not be handing them out. They will be actively pointing them in the right direction, if not outright driving them, to where they can pick them up.
Look, I think overall it is a modestly useful tool to send the Guard to the border. The thing that I object to on this is Perry and his sycophants painting it as something that it is not. It is not border security. It is babysitting and helping the illegal aliens to enter the nation and get to their tax payer paid for housing, food and other expenses faster and safer with a small amount of drug enforcement and human trafficking thrown in to have some benefit to the nation at extreme expense.

astonerii on July 21, 2014 at 6:44 PM

If we’re to believe that Obama’s virtual invitation had a hand in the increase of numbers which made it rise to crisis levels (which I do) then why would it not stand to reason that this move would discourage more of the same level of numbers from the South end?

anuts on July 21, 2014 at 7:16 PM

If we’re to believe that Obama’s virtual invitation had a hand in the increase of numbers which made it rise to crisis levels (which I do) then why would it not stand to reason that this move would discourage more of the same level of numbers from the South end?

anuts on July 21, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Why would it discourage anyone other than drug and human (sex slave) smugglers? It is not a border enforcement effort, but more of border order effort to make their trip less stressful and more accomodating securing them against potential harm and hastening their movement to their permiso and welfare benefits.

astonerii on July 21, 2014 at 7:54 PM

I’m not here to earn votes…
astonerii on July 21, 2014 at 5:45 PM

No. you are here to get attention and get the rubes to stay home on election day to help elect Obama Clinton to keep those free blocks of cheese coming.

V7_Sport on July 21, 2014 at 7:58 PM

I like the idea, but Pecos Perry is simply enhancing his resume at our expense.

At least he is not there with Ted Cruz, welcoming illegals and handing out freebies to encourage more illegals.

If Cruz is not smart enough to figure out that Beck is a mental patient, that I am done with him.

Cruz is finished. At least Perry can put together a PR stunt.

Exninja on July 21, 2014 at 8:03 PM

No. you are here to get attention and get the rubes to stay home on election day to help elect Obama Clinton to keep those free blocks of cheese coming.

V7_Sport on July 21, 2014 at 7:58 PM

I doubt the old hag is running for election.
I tend to figure that you are the one out to ensure Democratic victory. You are always for the most regressive (R) in the lot. Since that depresses the conservative vote, and the conservatives are the most capable dedicated get out the vote block there is, it tends to figure that since you want to depress that block, you want to lose elections.
Lets see, McCain depressed the conservative voter block and lost. Romney depressed the conservative voter block and lost. George W. Bush and the Republican House and Senate working in concert over 6 years against the conservative base depressed the conservative voter block and lost (2006).
You notice a trend here? Your politics loses…
Reagan brought about a new coalition of conservative voters to the republican party and won. Newt Gingrich continued that coalition and promised them action. The Republican party repaid the conservative coalition by ousting Newt Gingrich before the federal government gave back any power to We the People. But Reagan and Newt gave the Republican party conservative credibility it does not deserve, and that false credibility has been washed away by the torrent of regressive government initiative people you support passed over the last 16 years.
You want this conservative to vote for your people, earn it the old fashioned way.

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Perry has a reputation of being soft on border security and immigration. He is for amnesty, is against pretty much any effort to secure the border or have any internal enforcement of immigration.
Here is is trying to gain false credibility on the border by reading the tea leaves. When the crisis was building, he was effectively on the side line demanding other people take action, thus keeping himself immune to arguments of being ineffective. Since the crisis has been slightly improving with a supposed 30% decrease in movement, he has come out with a fake enforcement effort, sending the National Guard to the border to be paper pushers and escorts. As long as the border continues to improve, he can take false credit for the improvement. Sorry, but I am no sucker, and I am not falling for the false story line and I am not going to give Perry credit where it is not earned and backed up with collateral. His account is overdrawn and past due with respect to immigration.

astonerii on July 21, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Good for him.

But lose the glasses Perry! It just reminds us how truly dumb you are. You thinking it makes you look smart, actually insults our intelligence!

petunia on July 21, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Gov Perry is protecting Texans.

Prez O’BoutMe is not.

WestTexasBirdDog on July 21, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Lets see, McCain depressed the conservative voter block and lost. Romney depressed the conservative voter block and lost. George W. Bush and the Republican House and Senate working in concert over 6 years against the conservative base depressed the conservative voter block and lost (2006).
You notice a trend here? Your politics loses…

You really think appealing to the rather small number of conservative voters (the vast majority of whom are already engaged) is worthwhile when it comes at the cost of further alienating women, latinos, blacks, the highly educated, big business, and pretty much everyone else?

If you should have learned anything from MS it’s that if one guy panders purely to conservatives it makes it easy for the other guy to win…even in a southern republican primary. Conservatives just don’t have the numbers.

Tlaloc on July 21, 2014 at 8:48 PM

If you should have learned anything from MS it’s that if one guy panders purely to conservatives it makes it easy for the other guy to win…even in a southern republican primary. Conservatives just don’t have the numbers.

Tlaloc on July 21, 2014 at 8:48 PM

well, well, well…
Really? Seriously? You are going to use the fraudulent results of Mississippi as your argument? Where upwards of 30,000 democrats turned out to vote for the guy they most wanted to run against? And even with 30,000 democrats cross voting, against the law, since none of them will be voting for the guy the voted for in the primary, he still only won by 7,000 votes. And you want to make that your case in point? Well, awesome!
Now tell me, how many of those democrats are going to turn out to vote for the Republican in November? The Republican who they most identify with? HAH HAH HAH HAH!

astonerii on July 21, 2014 at 9:33 PM

But lose the glasses Perry! It just reminds us how truly dumb you are. You thinking it makes you look smart, actually insults our intelligence!
petunia on July 21, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Haha! Oh man… It’s just inconceivable that he might actually need them for correcting his vision, huh?

anuts on July 21, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Hinojosa isn’t a big fan of the idea, which is probably why he leaked it ahead of Perry’s planned announcement:

If he was not such a big fan of the idea, why was he privy to information he could leak? Either that, or he wasn’t leaking, he was just moving to be the first one on camera

Since Perry is 100 percent politician, he would not stupidly pass on a ‘secret’ to someone who would work against him …. or would he?

statesman.com Dec. 27, 2010 Perry successfully defined both his primary and general election contests much more as referendums on Washington and the Obama administration than on his 10-year tenure as governor of Texas. The essence of Perry’s 2010 primary and presidential campaigns can be distilled into a simple three-word phrase: Texas versus Washington.

In the primary, Perry skillfully portrayed Hutchison as a Washington insider who was out of touch with Texans, indecisive (e.g., her continually changing statements regarding if and when she would resign from the Senate), and who had supported the $700 billion Wall Street bailout. The Perry attacks resonated among Republican primary voters, and Hutchison quickly became Kay “Bailout” Hutchison for many.

In contrast, Perry was quick to jump on the tea party bandwagon, going as far (and making national headlines) with talk (albeit more tongue-in-cheek than serious) of secession.

After handily winning the Republican primary in March, Perry maintained his Texas vs. Washington message as he began the general election campaign against White. His team framed the November 2010 vote as being between two distinct options: A vote for Rick Perry was a vote against the Obama administration and/or for the distinct “Texas Way,” while a vote for Bill White was a vote for the Obama administration and its failed liberal agenda. On Nov. 2, Perry coasted to victory, garnering 55 percent of the vote to White’s 42 percent.

Perry is pro ‘out of the shadows’ pro NAFTA superhighway, pro dreamer etc. That stance got him clobbered in the Presidential primary debates. 2016 is coming. I will be pleased if the TX nat guard protect our border. However Perry could be playing McCain poker, where if you win the election round, you no longer have to bluff about the cards you intend to play

entagor on July 21, 2014 at 9:54 PM

But lose the glasses Perry! It just reminds us how truly dumb you are. You thinking it makes you look smart, actually insults our intelligence!

petunia on July 21, 2014 at 8:26 PM

His glasses look fine and you have no idea why he started wearing them.

slickwillie2001 on July 21, 2014 at 10:24 PM

God Bless Texas!

Gig em’

workingclass artist on July 21, 2014 at 10:36 PM

The Governor can activate National Guard personnel to “State Active Duty” in response to natural or man-made disasters or Homeland Defense missions. State Active Duty is based on State statute and policy as well as State funds.”

I hope the above will help to educate you a bit.

Cherokee on July 21, 2014 at 2:24 PM

This is none of the three situations above. Abbott tonight on Fox admitted this was just more “boots on the ground” or something similar. When asked if the National Guard could actually do something useful, like arrest someone, Abbott said that Texas was still working through the details.

jim56 on July 21, 2014 at 11:25 PM

astonerii

All you do is criticize who others support. You never ever name your magical unicorn.

Marcus on July 22, 2014 at 1:18 AM

And no I’m not supporting Perry. I’d vote Walker or Rubio. I’m tired of people who can’t handle the media and Perry is over coached (like Mitt was) and seemingly on sedatives and he’s going to blow it in some interview. Walker and Rubio can always handle themselves and you don’t have to watch with your stomach in knots.

Marcus on July 22, 2014 at 1:22 AM

All you do is criticize who others support. You never ever name your magical unicorn.

Marcus on July 22, 2014 at 1:18 AM

Sure he did.

I will vote Obama…
astonerii on April 18, 2011 at 12:29 PM

V7_Sport on July 22, 2014 at 4:29 AM

Can the governor not declare martial law along the border so that the NG has real police powers to interdict at least the drug smugglers?

Nomas on July 22, 2014 at 8:00 AM

All you do is criticize who others support. You never ever name your magical unicorn.

Marcus on July 22, 2014 at 1:18 AM

I picked plenty of people to vote for in the primaries. So that argument about never is blatantly false.
Newt Gingrich accomplished actual conservative goals. He would have been an ideal pick for the 2012 election cycle. Rather than Obomneycare creator Mitt I-like-mandates-mandates-work Romney.
I also was for Rick Perry in 2012 right up until he called me heartless. He came out nice and hot with a statement about Social Security being a ponzi scheme, but then back tracked on it.

But there is something that you are missing in all of this. Amnesty will end forever any dream of this nation ever moving to the right. There will be no ability to move the government right once you create tens of millions of new socialist voters who will move the Democratic party further to the left like Venezuela and will completely rewrite what the Republican party is, similarly, but more dramatically to the left.
Rick Perry is a pro amnesty person who will destroy conservatism. You can support that all you like, I will not. Unless he has a credible change of heart on this, he will not gain my support or my vote.

astonerii on July 22, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Neither Jenny nor any of her sycophants have apologized, or even just corrected themselves, for standing on her OUTRIGHT LIE about in-state tuition for ILLEGALS. What a shocker!!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 22, 2014 at 11:31 AM

its about time

should have done this 2 months ago.

and as for the progressives who scream how evil it is to militarize the border

well if the military is not to protect our nation what is the purpose of them?

to be a freebie french foreign legions for countrys too cheap to defend themselves?

sniffles1999 on July 22, 2014 at 11:45 AM

should have done this 2 months ago.

sniffles1999 on July 22, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Exactly. Perry is just ok, not good enough for president.

In the meanwhile, take a page out of Arpaio’s book for border enforcement such as human trafficking stops etc.

Perspicacious on July 23, 2014 at 10:31 AM

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