Perry says plan is in­ad­e­quate

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCAL BRIEFING -

Gov. Rick Perry says Washington isn’t send­ing enough troops to pro­tect the U.S.Mex­ico border.

Perry, speak­ing to re­porters Wed­nes­day in Austin, said the plan to send 1,200 Na­tional Guard troops next month to border ar­eas — in­clud­ing 250 for Texas — won’t get the job done.

“I guess it’s bet­ter than noth­ing, which is what we’ve had for a long time,” Perry said.

Perry es­ti­mated that 3,000 or more new agents were needed along the border to ad­e­quately se­cure it. He also said he would wel­come a meet­ing on border se­cu­rity with Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, who is plan­ning to raise money for Demo-

crats in Texas in early Au­gust.

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