Gov. Rick Perry as a 'phone and a pen,' too, and just like President Obama, the Governor today will use both to try to restore order along the border in the wake of the rush of Central American immigrants into Texas, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.
"Article One, Section 10, clause three, of the U.S. Constitution gives the states the right to declare an imminent danger," said Joann Fleming of the Tea Party group Grass Roots America.
Perry told Iowans over the weekend that Texas is 'prepared to fill the void' along the border, where Border Patrol officers are overwhelmed rounding up and finding homes for thousands of unaccompanied minor illegal immigrants.
"This 1200 mile border has to be secured, and if there is a people and if there is a place, that place will be Texas," Perry said.
U.S. Rep Louis Gohmert (R-Tyler) says the governor has the right to essentially 'take over' the border if he sees fit.
The governor is expected to order the deployment of 1,000 National Guard troops to support the DPS 'surge' which was announced last week, and supported by $1.3 million a week in taxpayer money.
Republicans and Democrats alike, including governor candidate Wendy Davis, have called on the feds to reimburse the state for that spending.
The McAllen Monitor reports that the 1,000 Guardsmen would focus on stopping drug and human smuggling operations, many of which are using the chaos of the Central American refugee crisis to step up operations, especially in the less guarded weather portion of the Rio Grande Valley.