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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 09:17
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Mixed reaction to Perry's decision to deploy National Guard
BORDER NEWS: Political reaction to Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops in the Rio Grande Valley has largely broken along political lines, with Republicans supportive and Democrats joining Valley community and business groups in opposition.

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RSTEC opposes National Guard troop deployment on South Texas border
BORDER NEWS: The Rio South Texas Economic Council has come out against Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops on the Texas-Mexico border. Perry made an announcement on the activation at a news conference in Austin on Monday. He said the National Guard troops will act as “force multipliers” by assisting the Texas Department of Public Safety’s ongoing law enforcement “surge,” which is otherwise known as Operation Strong Safety.

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Speaking on border visit, Patrick says he backs National Guard deployment
BORDER NEWS: In a speech Friday in Mission, state Sen. Dan Patrick, the GP candidate for lieutenant governor, said he supported the deployment of the National Guard along the Texas-Mexico border. Speaking to supporters at the Riverside Club, right alongside the Rio Grande in Mission, the Houston Republican acknowledged that it is the governor’s call to make, not the lieutenant governor’s. However, he said if he was lieutenant governor already he would want the National Guard to be a component of his border security plan.

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Acevedo: A Brief History of the Rio Grande Valley, Part I
BORDER LIFE: At present there are many concurrent and integrated social issues affecting the lower Texas Rio Grande Valley. Immigration, low educational attainment at all levels of education, isolation in colonias, low employment, disparities in health, disenfranchisement in electoral politics, corruption, an absence of visionary leaders, and the enumeration goes on.

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Seifert: 'Thank you for visiting me'
BORDER LIFE: Sara is from San Pedro Sula, a large city in Honduras. She has wiry hair and a four year old who has figured out how to knot one of her bags to her small backpack. I met her in Brownsville, as she was waiting for a bus to take her to New Orleans. After visiting for a while, I asked what was it that made her take the decision to come to the United States.

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