AUSTIN - Today, Senator Sylvia R. Garcia reacted to news that Governor Perry is sending 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. Senator Garcia released the following statement regarding today’s action.
"While I agree that the border should be secure, today’s actions by the Governor are not only misguided, but also a red herring. We know that resources for border patrol agents are stretched due to unaccompanied children and families surrendering to border patrol agents in an attempt to seek asylum in the United States. This is not an example of a weak border needing military support. This is a humanitarian crisis. Our resources should be going toward addressing the current problem at hand. What we need are more blankets, not bullets.
Putting military troops on the ground is the exact opposite of what we should be doing. We should be asking the President and Congress to put politics aside to help our border patrol agents deal with this unprecedented refugee situation and to put resources on the ground for the people who are actually tasked with securing the border and those who are sheltering the unaccompanied minors.
By militarizing the situation, we are going to encourage these children and families to avoid the authorities and cause more deaths and confusion."
State Senator Garcia was sworn into office on March 11, 2013. Senator Garcia represents District 6 and previously held office as Houston City Controller from 1998-2002 and County Commissioner from 2002 - 2010.