HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Texas National Guard armories may soon be beehives of pre-deployment activity.
Calling U.S. laws weak, President Donald Trump has ordered National Guard units to the Mexican border, contending that until there's a wall, America will guard its southern boundary with troops.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has welcomed the move, as has Senator Ted Cruz who ahead of his re-election bid, has hawkishly doubled down on illegal immigration.
"There are some who think the most important thing government can do is provide sanctuary cities and open borders and welcome people to violate our laws," said Cruz this week in Stafford.
But there are plenty of people who believe militarizing our borders with the national guard is a terrible idea, which means deployment could easily prove be a key issue in the fall campaign.
Enter Congressman Beto O'Rourke, the El Paso Democrat looking to unseat Cruz come November. He says the guard deployment pushed by Trump and Cruz is part of a calculated strategy to make Texans fear Mexicans.
"It's very clear that he's seeking fear for his own political gain when you have a junior Senator like Ted Cruz who wants to do the same thing, wall off Mexico, militarize the border. He wants us to be afraid of one another. We shouldn't have that in the country. Our diversity is our strength," said O'Rourke after speaking to an auditorium packed with University of Houston students.
The president's decision to deploy National Guard troops comes as apprehensions on the border have hit a 47-year low.