AUSTIN (August 2, 2014) Gov. Rick Perry is using $38 million in emergency funds to start deploying as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border.
The money will come from an unused fund for emergency radio infrastructure, spokesman Rich Parsons said.
At an estimated cost of $12 million a month, the emergency funds are expected to cover about three months of Guard deployment.
Perry announced he would send guard troops in the wake of a surge of Central American immigrants, many of them children, crossing into Texas.
Democrats have criticized the use of the Guard at the border as wasteful.
Perry's use of emergency funding is expected to preclude the need for the Legislature to act until the end of the year.