And he was doing so well.
Perry wants more troops on border
Guard surge is part of ‘Operation Wrangler,’ aimed at cutting crime, boosting security
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he will send more than 600 additional Texas Army National Guard troops to the border to help law enforcement officers reduce crime and increase security across the state.
The troops are to be part of an interagency law enforcement effort dubbed “Operation Wrangler” that will stay active for an undisclosed period of time in different areas across Texas.
A spokeswoman for the governor said she could not elaborate “on the timing or places but the surge operation will be on a statewide level.”
Perry’s announcement described the new 604 activated troops as “armed, security platoons.” They will stay on the border and “other agencies are going to be coordinating efforts statewide rather than just on the border,” Perry spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger said.
State, federal and local officials Monday were unable to provide details of the Guard troops’ deployment, command and control, rules of engagement, where they would be based or any other tactical aspect of their mission.
The new soldiers are in addition to the more than 1,700 Texas Army National Guard troops Perry activated last summer for Operation Jump Start to support U.S. Border Patrol activities.
A Border Patrol agent and a local police officer will accompany each of the 12 new platoons, Perry’s announcement said.
Operation Wrangler’s various agencies will involve more than 6,800 personnel, 2,200 vehicles, 48 helicopters, 33 fixed-wing aircraft and 35 patrol ships, according to Perry’s office.
Mexican officials in the United States declined comment on the announcement, and those in Mexico City could not be reached.
Perry has said he will ask the Legislature for an additional $100 million to sustain border security efforts.