(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Denying he was engaging in a political stunt, Texas Governor Rick Perry called National and State Guard heading to the border with Mexico "the tip of the spear, protecting Americans from these cartels and gangs."
Perry had previously announced that he was sending 1,000 Guard troops to the border in the wake of the influx of tens of thousands of children from Central America who've entered the U.S just in the past year.
According to Perry, 2,200 people have volunteered from various branches, including the Texas Army National Guard, the Texas Air National Guard and the State Guard.
The governor suggested that anticipation of the mission has reduced the number of people trying to sneak over the border over the past five weeks.
As for whether he ordered the increase of manpower to burnish his conservative credentials ahead of the 2016 presidential race, Perry scoffed, "The idea that what we're doing is politics versus protecting the people of Texas and the people of this country is just false on its face."
He called the members of the drug cartels, "narco-terrorists."
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