AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry has sent a letter to
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano proposing that 600
soldiers be put in border "reconnaissance platoons."
Those soldiers would scour remote areas for drug and immigrant
smugglers along the border with Mexico. Soldiers would be deployed
in 24 reconnaissance platoons to 20 remote locations.
Napolitano has so far made no recommendation on the April letter
sent by Perry, who suggested the patrols would help -- given
Mexico's drug-gang killings and kidnappings.
The San Antonio Express-News obtained a copy of the letter.
Perry's plan would be part of 1,000 Texas National Guard troops
called up to full-time duty.
Perry could call up the Guard on his own -- but Texas would have
to pay for it.
The nearly $136 million it would cost in the first year isn't
part of the new state budget.