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Pro-con: Should Texas National Guard be on border to deal with illegal immigration?

By Jessica Priest
Aug. 10, 2014 at 6 p.m.


Texas Gov. Rick Perry decided last month to deploy up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the border.

Their mission is to help Border Patrol agents, who have been overwhelmed by unaccompanied immigrant children entering the country illegally.

Most of the children are from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, countries plagued by violence and poverty.

As many as 63,000 unaccompanied children entered the U.S. illegally from October to July, according an Associated Press story.

That's about double the amount from last year and the year before, according to Customs and Border Protection.

"Thousands of lives have been impacted forever all because of the federal government's lip service and empty promises," Perry said during a July 21 news conference. "I will not stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor. We are too good a country for that to occur."

While some say Perry acted justifiably when the federal government would not, others worry the National Guard will be ineffective.

Should the National Guard be on the border to deal with illegal immigration?

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