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.
Here’s a new bureaucratic dilemma worthy of “Catch-22.”
Tragically, it captures perfectly the way in which over-regulation and Obama Administration policy impede employment growth.
On one hand, federal law generally prohibits employers from asking employees or job applicants if they are disabled. This is what an employer visiting the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s current homepage will read:
“The law places strict limits on employers when it comes to asking job applicants to answer medical questions, take a medical exam, or…
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