Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to announce plans on Monday to secure the southern border by sending in 1,000 National Guard troops, the Christian Science Monitor reports.
An internal memo listed details regarding the deployment, noting that the total force would gradually build up to 1,000 troops stationed in the Rio Grande Valley. The troops would join alongside the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), which has already been on the ground fighting human trafficking and drug smuggling since June.
Groups engaged in trafficking and other activities on the U.S. side of the border have considerably stepped up their operations throughout the entirety of the border crisis, benefiting from the welcome distraction it provides.