Rick Perry to send 1,000 National Guard to border

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will immediately send up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure the southern border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America have crossed into the United States this year in a surge that is deemed a humanitarian crisis.

Perry also wants President Barack Obama and Congress to hire an additional 3,000 border patrol agents for the Texas border, which would eventually replace the temporary guard forces.

I will not stand idly by, Perry said in Austin Monday, announcing what he called Operation Strong Safety. “The price of inaction is too high.

Perry’s state has received the majority of migrant children, especially in the Rio Grande region, and he has repeatedly called on the federal government to beef up border security.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the White House has not yet received the formal communication required for Perry to deploy guard troops.

But he said if Perry follows through, he hopes those forces would be coordinated “with the significant ongoing efforts already in place.

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The Rio Grande sector, where most of the immigrant children are turning themselves into the border patrol, has a large number of agents but it is also the largest crossing.

It currently has 3,000 border patrol agents covering 320 miles of land and 250 miles of water, which equates to 5.4 agents per mile. The Tucson sector, for instance, has approximately 15.7 agents per mile.

Both Perry and Obama have the authority to deploy National Guard troops, but whoever authorizes it has to pay for it. The deployment at Perry’s direction means Texas will have to pick up the price tag of $12 million per month.

One border sheriff, Omar Lucio of Cameron County, said he is skeptical of Perry’s plan.

At this time, a lot of people do things for political reasons. I don’t know that it helps, he told the Dallas Morning News.

Conservatives largely point to border security as their top immigration priority and Perry has been an outspoken proponent of securing the border since the influx of immigrants began.

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The potential 2016 presidential candidate previewed his plan in Iowa over the weekend in a television interview while campaigning for Republican candidates.

He has used the issue to remake his image on immigration. His previous White House campaign was crippled partly because of a law he signed giving children of undocumented immigrants in-state college tuition.

Obama asked for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to address the influx of young immigrants, which hasn’t gained much traction in Congress. It includes money to fortify the border.

The House and Senate are working on their own plan, which includes a controversial proposal to change a law that prohibits the youth, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, from being immediately deported.

The Obama administration questioned Perry’s motives since many of the minors are not trying to evade the border patrol but are turning themselves in after crossing the border.

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But Perry said the guard will be “force multipliers,” helping Customs and Border Protection agents both on the ground and in the air to catch the 80% of people crossing the border who aren’t children and to combat cartel and trafficking crime.

You cannot have (national security) without border security, Perry said.

While the number of unaccompanied youth crossing the border has doubled to nearly 60,000 in the past year, the total number of undocumented immigrants has mostly declined. About 1 million people have been caught crossing the border nearly every year between 1983 until 2006, but that number has dropped to about 400,000 in 2013.

At the same time, resources for border security have steadily increased: More than 18,000 agents patrolled the border in 2013 compared to 10,000 a decade ago.

And the amount spent on border security has more than doubled. The Customs and Border Patrol budget jumped from $5 billion in 2002 to $12.4 billion this year.

The issue has hit a national nerve. Protests have erupted along the border with activists demanding immediate deportation. Counter protests have also erupted, pointing out that many of the migrants are said to have fled violence at home.

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Why was law professor killed?

Days after a nationally renowned criminal law professor was found with a gunshot wound to his head, his death is being investigated as a homicide.

Florida State University professor Dan Markel was found in his Tallahassee, Florida, home on Friday. Police say there were no signs of robbery or burglary and have yet to disclose any motive.

According to Tallahassee police, officers found Markel after a neighbor called 911 at about 11 a.m. with reports of a “loud bang.”

Markel, 41, was rushed to a local hospital, where he died the following day.

While we cannot release specific information or details regarding this case, the Violent Crimes Unit is releasing that Mr. Markel’s cause of death was a fatal gunshot wound to the head, Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said in a statement.

By Monday, police had categorized the case as a homicide, and according to Tallahassee Police Department spokesman David Northway, Markel was the intended target.

Police created a tip line and offered a $3,000 reward. Within 24 hours, authorities received several leads, which they are pursuing, Northway said.

Authorities are also asking anyone who was in Markel’s neighborhood between 10 a.m. and noon Friday to contact police.

This includes delivery drivers, visitors to the neighborhood or even pedestrians that were walking in the area who may have seen or heard anything that would lead investigators to the suspect in this case, a police news release says.

Though police assured the community that Markel’s killing was not likely a random act, there was still confusion and concern in Tallahassee.

We were all shocked, former student Tony Fusco told CNN affiliate WCTV. “We didn’t know why. We didn’t know how. We just heard he was gone, and it was a big shock to all of us.

According to the university, Markel began working at FSU in 2005 after receiving his bachelor’s at Harvard College, a master’s from the University of Cambridge and a law degree from Harvard.

During his FSU tenure, the Toronto native taught several classes and wrote extensively about criminal law, including articles published in the Yale Law Review, among others.

Markel also founded PrawfsBlawg, a blog focused on law and life, and his writing appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Slate, The Jerusalem Post and The Atlantic Monthly.

On Sunday, friends, family members, students and colleagues gathered at a Tallahassee synagogue to remember the father and scholar, according to WCTV.

“I am filled with awe and appreciation for the support of our friends and family and particularly for the show of admiration, respect and love for Danny from this Tallahassee family,” his sister, Shelly Markel, said, according to the station.

On the PrawfsBlawg front page, 10 fellow law professors posted about the respect they had for Markel and the mutual love he shared with his friends and family.

“His boundless energy was at the center of this community; it made it run, it gave it life. We are stunned and bereaved by his loss, and our thoughts go to his two little boys, who were precious to him, and to his family.”

Florida State also issued a statement, saying in part: “His contributions to Florida State University College of Law and the broader legal community are pervasive and lasting. … We will feel his loss for many years to come.

Markel was divorced from fellow FSU law professor Wendi Adelson last summer, according to her attorney, Jimmy Judkins.

She is a basket case, distraught, very emotional, said Judkins, who told CNN his client has no idea why this happened.

Police have been in contact with Adelson, the attorney said.

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47 shot 5 dead in Chicago

After an 11-year-old girl was shot and killed by a stray bullet while sitting on a friend’s bedroom floor, Chicago officials met Monday to discuss the city’s recent surge in gun violence.

The girl was just one of 47 shooting victims in Chicago over the weekend, five of which were fatal, according to statistics released by the Chicago Police Department.

Shamiya Adams was brought to a nearby hospital in critical condition on Friday and pronounced dead Saturday morning, according to Anthony Brucci, a spokesman for Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

She was visiting a friend when a stray bullet from outside the residence struck her, according to Chicago Police Officer Jose Estrada.

No other injuries were reported at that incident, and no one has been arrested or charged, Estrada said. An investigation is ongoing.

Every morning, I wake up and I cry, the girl’s mother told CNN affiliate WLS. I just can’t believe it.

“She used to tell me every day, give me a letter every day — how much she loved me, how I was the best mother in the world, Shaneetha Goodloe said, her voice cracking with emotion. And I will never hear that again from her.

Asked what she would say to anyone who had anything to do with the child’s death, Goodloe replied: Speak up.

If you know anything, you should say something because this wasn’t for her. This was not for my child. She was not supposed to die from a bullet to her brain, she said.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel met Monday with the Chicago Police superintendent and community leaders to discuss violence in their city, an event scheduled before the uptick in gun violence over the weekend.

Our kids only get heard when there is a shot, be it a basketball shot or a bullet shot. There are other kids out there, Emanuel said at the meeting.

Everybody says, So what are you going to do? As if there’s a single thing that’s going to resolve this problem, Emanuel said. It is a communitywide problem, which requires a communitywide solution.

Emanuel went on to say that public safety in Chicago goes beyond police and into investments in after-school and summer job programs, gun law enforcement and penalties and community building.

The violent weekend in Chicago follows a deadly Independence Day weekend when more than 60 people were shot and nine were killed, according to police statistics.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy blamed weak gun laws for the spurt of holiday violence.

There has to come a tipping point where this changes, McCarthy said then of the violence. The illogical nature of what’s happening here  that government can intercede and prevent this from happening is overwhelming. And I refuse to think otherwise in a great country like America that we can continue to allow this to happen  not just on a state, but on a federal level.