Rick Perry to Send 1,000 National Guard Members to Border
Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry announced today that he intends to deploy up to 1,000 National Guard members to the state’s southern border to reduce crime in areas teeming with illegal immigrants.
The decision came after several failed attempts to get similar assistance from the Obama administration.
If implemented, the decision will cost Texas taxpayers about $12 million a month. Though he could empower Guard members to arrest and detain illegal immigrants crossing into Texas, Perry has not committed to doing so.
Instead, the Guard is likely to play an assistance role to federal Border Patrol agents. “We think they’ll come to us and say, ‘Please take us to a Border Patrol station’ [for processing],” says the head of the Texas National Guard.
Since the rise of the Progressive movement over a century ago, liberalism has been enchanted by the idea of enlightened administration — of beneficent, all-knowing bureaucrats who could steer public policy and shape it towards the public good, usually without the messy restraints of democracy or constitutional strictures.
Edward Mandell House, the right hand of President Woodrow Wilson (himself the foremost apostle of this approach) even published a novel in 1912, Phillip Dru: Administrator, featuring a protagonist who overthrows the federal government, abolishes the Constitution and becomes…
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—Neil Munro, The Daily Caller White House Correspondent
— Neil Munro, The Daily Caller White House Correspondent