Gov. Rick Perry announced on Monday his intent to deploy up to 1,000 members of the Texas National Guard to the Rio Grande Valley to help the state's Department of Public Safety.
The buildup of troops is expected to take 30 days, officials said during an afternoon news conference.
"I will not stand idly by," Perry said in announcing the use of his executive authority to call up the guard. Perry decried the federal government for failing to secure the national borders and called the operation a "force multiplier" in support of the DPS.
He dubbed the deployment "Operation Strong Safety."
Joining him was the head of the Texas National Guard, the head of the DPS. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Attorney General Greg Abbott.
"This is more than a border crisis limited to only a few states," said Abbott, the Republican nominee to succeed Perry as governor. "This is a national crisis."
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