Governor Perry Plans for More Manpower On Border
POSTED: Friday, September 11, 2009 - 7:15am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:24pm
It is the ongoing violence in Juarez that has pushed Texas Governor Rick Perry to beef up security along the border.
Governor Perry says he plans to send special teams of Texas Rangers to the Texas-Mexico border.
The teams will be placed in high crime areas.
He feels the federal government has failed to properly address the growing problem of violence in the area.
Governor Perry says the teams will be called ranger recon teams.
In addition to offering increased security in cities like El Paso, the Ranger teams will also be patrolling remote areas.
Perry says he wants to help farmers and ranchers who feel overrun by smugglers and gangs from Mexico.
We spoke to several local farmers about rangers coming to the area.
Most agreed any move to increase security is a good one.
The plan will cost around 110 million dollars.
Perry says the state will foot the bill.
He has yet to announce a timeline for when the Rangers will be deployed.
Perry's plan has received strong criticism from fellow republicans.
Kay Bailey Hutchison called his move, another empty promise on border security.