2014-07-03T211322Z_1_LYNXMPEA620YV_RTROPTP_2_USA

Texas governor renews calls for National Guard at U.S.-Mexico border

Texas Governor Rick Perry attends the second Annual Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala in New YorkBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry and a key U.S. lawmaker renewed Republican calls on Thursday for National Guard troops to be sent to the U.S.-Mexico border to help stem a surge of Central American nationals entering the United States illegally. Perry addressed members of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security at a field hearing at McAllen, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley, the region hardest hit by the thousands of children and families who have streamed to the border in recent months. He said Texas expects to spend an extra $1.3 million a week through the end of the year to beef up law-enforcement efforts to deal with the crisis, on top of $500 million that he said Texas has spent since 2005 to help secure the border.

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