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Trump Administration Mulls Rick Perry for Top Homeland Security Job

Rick Perry

Rick Perry

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Trump administration is considering replacing John Kelly at Homeland Security with Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

Three people family with the deliberations told Bloomberg that Perry is among an unknown number of potential candidates for the position, which was abandoned by Kelly when he became the White House chief of staff Monday. 

What unclear is whether Perry wants the job.

“Secretary Perry is focused on the important mission of the Department of Energy. He’s honored to be mentioned, but he loves what he’s doing,” said Robert Haus, director of public affairs at the department.

Some of Trump’s administration favor Rep. Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican, for the job.

Perry, 67, has a lot of experience with border issues during his nearly 15 years as governor of Texas, but questions have been raised about whether he and the president agree on immigration policies.

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Texas Braces for Arrival of Hundreds of National Guard Troops Over Protests

Steve Neavling
ticklethwire.com

Not long from now, hundreds of Texas National Guard troops will descend on border towns in an unusual show of force.

The USA Today reports that some cities are welcoming the troops, who will arrive sporting camouflage and guns.

“If anything, [the guardsmen] will send a strong message that our border will be secure,” Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal said. “We’ll have the manpower necessary to finally secure this area.”

Critics, including the federal government and state lawmakers, have said the troops’ presence could worsen the problem and even cause unnecessary deaths.

Gov. Rick Perry announced last week that he plans to bring in up to 1,000 troops.

 

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National Guard Troops May Get Authority to Arrest Undocumented Immigrants in Texas

Tex. Gov. Rick Perry/official photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The 1,000 National Guard troops who were deployed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to assist with the border crisis may get the unusual authority to make arrests and apprehensions, the New York Times reports.

In the past, troops who were sent by presidents were prohibited from making arrests while they helped at the border. But since Perry ordered the deployment, he has the authority to permit Guard troops to make arrests, the New York Times wrote.

Immigration rights advocates and experts on the National Guard expressed concern that troops were ill trained to handle potentially deadly encounters.
“This does not come from the federal government,” said Jayson P. Ahern, a former Customs and Border Protection acting commissioner who helped coordinate deployment of the National Guard to the border in 2006. “That’s the biggest distinction here. This is the governor taking unilateral action. Not having that oversight and supervision and direction as part of a plan from the federal authorities, I think it is reckless and could lead to significant safety issues.”

The troops are expected at the border next month but they cannot enforce immigration law.

Obama Administration to Assess Need for National Guard Troops at Texas-Mexico Border

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Obama administration is going explore the need for deploying National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border, the Washington Post reports. The administration has dispatched a team of military and national security officials to examine whether the Rio Grande Valley would benefit from a military “temporary assist.”

Despite objections from Democrats, Texas Gov. Rick Perry decided earlier this week to send 1,000 of his state’s National Guard troops to the border over the next month.

“The assessment team will review support options that increase U.S. Customs and Border Protection capacity to conduct enforcement and processing activities and to enable DHS to implement a surge plan that addresses spikes in the influx of UACs [unaccompanied alien children]/migrants along the Southwest Border,” a senior administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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Columnist: Texas Wasting Time Sending National Guard Troops to Mexico Border

By EJ Montini
Arizona Republic

In a wildly popular political move Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced that he will deploy about 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Mexico border, a decision that will cost the state about $12 million a month. Perry also has said that he would commit $1.3 million each week to the state’s Department of Public Safety to assist in border security.

It’s a bold, expensive step, but the border hawks will love it.

There’s only one problem.

It makes no sense.

The Perry plan might have a grain of practicality if the people crossing the border actually wanted to evade capture.

But it’s just the opposite.

Any number of news reports have pointed out that the overwhelming majority of kids involved in the massive wave of unaccompanied child migrants from Central America crossing into the United States are not trying to elude the border patrol.

Instead, they want to be caught.

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Texas Gov. Perry to Deploy National Guard Troops to Border Over Immigration Surge

Tex. Gov. Rick Perry/official photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is taking matters into his own hands and is reportedly planning to dispatch the Texas National Guard to the U.S. border to crack down on Central American immigrants, the Washington Post reports.

Perry plans to mobilize about 1,000 guardsman to the Rio Grand Valley.

“I won’t stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor,” Perry said Monday in announcing the plan.

Many Republicans applauded the plan.

Democrats questioned the move, especially following a recent drop in the flood of immigrants coming to the U.S.

“They’re trained in warfare,” said Sheriff Omar Lucio of Cameron County, which borders Mexico. “I don’t know what they’re really going to be doing.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Foresees ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’ Over Surge in Children Immigrants

Tex. Gov. Rick Perry/official photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said the dramatic spike in the number of immigrants being arrested has created an “untenable situation” at a Border Patrol facility in southern Texas, the Associated Press reports.

Perry visited the facility following reports of overcrowding and squalid conditions at a Border Patrol facility housing primarily children immigrants.

“This is an absolute humanitarian catastrophe waiting to happen,” Perry said Monday at a Department of Public Safety regional headquarters in South Texas.

Since October, more than 85,000 children have entered the country without an adult.

The surge has left the Border Patrol overwhelmed.

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Texas Dispatches State Agents to Mexico Border to Help Growing Crisis Over Immigrant Children

Tex. Gov. Rick Perry

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

To address the growing humanitarian crisis along the Texas-Mexico border, Texas officials are dispatching more state law enforcement officials to the southern border as immigrant children are forced to stay in cramped, squalid conditions, the USA Today reports.

Gov. Rick Perry said the plan is to deploy more Department of Public Safety agents to assist overwhelmed federal Border Patrol agents.

“Texas can’t afford to wait for Washington to act on this crisis and we will not sit idly by while the safety and security of our citizens are threatened,” the

Republican governor said in a statement. “Until the federal government recognizes the danger it’s putting our citizens in by its inaction to secure the border, Texas law enforcement must do everything they can to keep our citizens and communities safe.”

Since October, border patrol officials have apprehended more than 47,000 children – nearly twice the number captured this time last year.