Texas has sent up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border as it tries to crack down on drug and human trafficking, officials said Friday.
The surge, announced last month and recently implemented, will cost the state’s Department for Public Safety an extra $1.3 million a week.
Governor Rick Perry, a potential Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential election, has blamed the Obama administration for not doing enough to halt a surge in children from Central America crossing the border.
Perry said the influx of children has diverted U.S. Border Patrol attention from cracking down on criminal syndicates.
‘Mexican cartels and criminal elements are taking advantage of this situation by further exploiting these gaps along the border to commit heinous crimes that will further their business,’ Tom Vinger, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said.