Gov. Greg Abbott announced today he is send the Texas National Guard back to the border, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
"To assist the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, I am announcing under Title 32 authority, that I will deploy one thousand National Guard troops," Abbott said, flanked by House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.
The governor said the Guard will assist the Border Patrol in establishing temporary house facilities to deal with single adult illegal immigrants, who, despite the surge in families crossing the border, remain the single largest group of illegal immigrants.
The Guard troops will help deal not only with members of the 'migrant convoys' from Central America, but also immigrants from Haiti, Central Africa, and other nations who have begun showing up along the Texas Mexico border in recent months.
"The National Gjard troops will provide assistance at temporary holding facilities, and at ports of entry," he said.
The governor says the only reason this is needed is that Congress is 'refusing to act,' leaving border states to fend for themselves.
"Importantly, the federal government will pay 100% of the costs of this short term mission," Abbott said.