Perry Calls for National Guard on Border: ‘Visual’ Will Send Message

On Fox News Sunday, Texas Governor Rick Perry told Fox News’ Brit Hume that a deployment of the National Guard along the Texas-Mexico border would make up for Border Patrol agents “distracted” by caring for the influx of Central American immigrants and function as a prohibitive visual to those contemplating the trip.

Hume pointed out that the Guardsmen “were not, under the law, allowed to apprehend any of these children that are crossing.”

“The issue is with being able to send that message,” Perry said. “The visual of it is more important. We know that. We listen to those conversations — or, I should say, conversations are being monitored with calls back to Central America — and the message is, “Hey, come on up here, everything is great, they’re taking care of us,’ and that needs to stop.”

Watch the clip below, via Fox News:

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