Texas Gov. Rick Perry is ordering National Guard troops to the border with Mexico.
Gov. Perry says the U.S. Border Patrol is overwhelmed with the humanitarian needs of the tens of thousands of children coming in from Central America, and unable to devote enough of its resources to border security.
Perry is also calling on the federal government to pay for another 1,000 guard troops at the border until more Border Patrol officers can be brought in. The announcement follows last month’s deployment of Texas DPS resources to the Rio Grande.
Our reporting partners The Texas Tribune live-streamed Perry's remarks this afternoon. Watch archived video of the announcement in the player below.