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Perry to send National Guard to Texas border

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry says troops on the border are needed to protect Texans. (Source: KXAN/CNN) Texas Gov. Rick Perry says troops on the border are needed to protect Texans. (Source: KXAN/CNN)

AUSTIN, TX (KXAN/CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is taking matters into his own hands.

On Monday he announced he is sending 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border.

The move comes after tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America have crossed into the U.S. this year in a surge that's being called a humanitarian crisis.

Perry says he feels he has to do something.

"I will not stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor. We are too good a country for that to occur,” he said. "Since 2008 more than 203,000 criminal aliens have been booked into Texas county jails. Over the course of their criminal careers, these individuals have committed more than 640,000 crimes and that is in the state of Texas alone. This includes more than 3,000 homicides and almost 8,000 sexual assaults."

The White House says it has not yet received the formal communication required for Perry to deploy Guard troops.

Both Perry and President Barack Obama have the authority to deploy National Guard troops, but whoever authorizes it has to pay for it.

If Perry follows through, then Texas will have to pick up the cost.

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