Transcript for Texas Governor Enlists National Guard to Help With Border Crisis
And now we had to Texas for the government there says he's sending the National Guard to stop the surge of undocumented immigrants many of them children. Crossing the border. Today governor Rick Perry says enough lip service from Washington. He's going to take action at ABC's senior national correspondent Jim -- is back on the story for us tonight. -- Governor Perry calls it operation strong safety. But critics say it's closer to operations symbolic act. 1000 National Guard troops over the next month who by law can't make any arrests and instead will act only as a visual deterrent. Be a force multiply -- To be there as a partner with. And law enforcement the Texas general in charge confirms his troops cannot physically detained or -- any of the thousands. Of surging immigrants back across the border we're playing on. Referring -- turning and the weapons the guard carries can't be used to stop illegal immigration. You're not allowed to fire and someone who's -- all of which may be why the head of the Border Patrol made it clear the guard isn't needed. I don't see that National Guard being particularly good help in this instance. The commissioner says the problem isn't detaining immigrants they're giving themselves up the problem is where to put them. The governor nor the guard could help -- today.
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