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Perry gives Guard troops sendoff to border

Greeted with “hooahs” from National Guard soldiers he's about to deploy to the border, Gov. Rick Perry told the troops Wednesday they would face “narco-terrorists” who are threatening Americans in Texas and other states.

“You now are the tip of the spear in protecting Americans from these cartels and gangs,” Perry said in a visit to Camp Swift near Bastrop, where the Guard is training. “As they are able to get past you, they could be headed to any city, any neighborhood in this country, and they're spreading their tentacles of crime and fear.”

Perry last month ordered 1,000 troops to the Rio Grande, where they will assist Department of Public Safety troopers in a surge of forces ordered by the governor to help deal with an increase in Central American immigrants crossing the border.

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