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Gov. Perry Fires Back Following National Guard Reduction Along Border

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Texas’ governor fires back following President Obama’s decision to cut the number of National Guard troops at the U.S. – Mexico border.

According to the Houston Chronicle, no specific figures have been released by the Obama Administration on how many will remain along the border. Currently, there are 274 National Guardsmen along the border in Texas, California, Arizona, and New Mexico, part of the 1,200 National Guard troops assigned to border duty.

Governor Rick Perry said “President Obama’s decision to slash the number of National Guard troops patrolling and securing our southern border is proof that this administration has no intention to truly secure the border or listen to the American citizens, communities, and law enforcement who care about border security and public safety.”

Perry has a standing request for 1,000 National Guard troops to man the border between Texas and New Mexico border during a shortage of Border Patrol officers.

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