AUSTIN, Texas (CBS Houston/AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry believes that it’s time to put a “show a force” on the border in an effort to halt the influx of immigrants.
Perry, who again visited the Texas-Mexico border Thursday, told Fox News that the way to secure the border is to put boots on the ground.
“The way to stop it is to secure this border with a show of force, both military and other law enforcement-wise, and we can do that,” Perry told Fox News.
Perry stated that 1,000 National Guard troops and 3,000 Border Patrol agents are needed to secure the Texas border.
“This is — if not the number one — one of the highest priorities for this country from a national security standpoint is making sure this border is secure,” Perry told Fox News.
Perry said that law enforcement officials need to be placed closer to the border instead of dozens of miles back.
“The administration has historically had them back 40 to 50 miles in the apprehension business. I’m interested in the prevention business,” Perry told Fox News. “We ought to be stopping people from crossing the border, not apprehending them after they get inland.”
Perry tweeted Thursday that he was in the Rio Grande Valley, including pictures from a Department of Public Safety border security meeting in Weslaco. He also took an aerial and boat tour.[tweet https://twitter.com/GovernorPerry/status/487250665484206080 width=’330′]
Perry has criticized President Barack Obama for failing to come to the border amid a flood of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing into Texas. The governor has been there three times since the issue began drawing national attention.
Obama discussed the border with Perry in Dallas on Wednesday, and gave an economic speech in Austin on Thursday.
But Obama has resisted calls from Republicans and some Democrats to get a first-hand look at the border.
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