Perry Blasts Obama Over Border National Guard Drawdown

A decision by the White House to reduce the number of National Guard troops on the country’s border with Mexico has provoked a fierce but expected reaction from Gov. Rick Perry, a longtime advocate for more boots on the ground in Texas.

The Obama administration's proposal, first reported by the Houston Chronicle, would free up funding and shift the emphasis from personnel on the ground to aerial surveillance procedures, the newspaper reported. There are currently about 1,200 National Guard soldiers on the border, about 250 of whom are operating in Texas.

Perry, who has long requested a total ...

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