Texas Gov. Rick Perry called for the National Guard to be deployed against undocumented immigrants (mostly children) who are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border via Texas.
During an interview with Fox News Sunday today, Gov. Perry insisted that deporting the kids back to their countries was “the most humanitarian thing we can do,” reports RawStory.com (video below).
Gov. Perry said thousands of National Guard troops could guard the border while the U.S trains more Border Patrol agents.
“It’s important to do that because this flood of children is pulling away the border patrol from their normal duties of keeping bad people, keeping the drug cartels," Gov. Perry stated. "They’re being distracted. So, that I will suggest to you is a very obvious reason that those National Guard troops should come play an important role.”
However, Fox News host Brit Hume reminded Gov. Perry that the National Guard could not legally shoot or arrest the undocumented immigrants.
“I think what we're talking about here is two different things," Gov. Perry said. "What we’re talking about now is sending the message back now so we can staunch the bleeding.”
However, according to U.S. law, the undocumented immigrants are entitled to a hearing in front of an immigration judge.
U.S. immigration courts are backlogged with thousands of Central American children who have entered the U.S. since the immigration wave began in October 2013.
The undocumented immigrants will be allowed to stay in the U.S. until at least 2017 because there are more than 375,000 immigration cases being ruled upon by only 243 judges.
"This situation just happens to be a magnitude unlike anything we have ever seen," Lauren Alder Reid, of the U.S. Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review, which runs the immigration courts, told the Associated Press.