It is somewhat amusing that Perry proclaims his efficient handling of illegal immigration in Texas by the amount of money he spent…ONE BILLION DOLLARS. A Texas economic firm issued a report in September saying that troops’ presence discouraged business and tourism in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. It estimated that one year of National Guard deployment at the border would cost more than 8,000 jobs statewide and $650 million in gross product.
Moreover, the efforts of the National Guard have been ineffective. The troops aren’t shooting children as they cross the border. The children are glad to see the troops so they can direct them to shelters.