My colleague, Conservative Wanderer, is perfectly correct: Governor Perry is sending the Guard to the border to help manage the crisis. There is some question in my mind how much good they can do. Justice Kennedy, writing for the majority in Arizona et al v. United States, was pretty clear:
“Arizona may have understandable frustrations with the problems caused by illegal immigration while that process continues, but the state may not pursue policies that undermine federal law.”
Thus, while the Guard can help apprehend the suspects, they can do no more than hand them over to the feds once this is done and the feds, of course, are the actual problem. For the nonce, what is needed is the Cornyn-Cuellar compromise on the border. More money to deal with the crisis, if not as much as the President wants, and a change in the 2008 law to allow immediate deportation of minors not from contiguous countries. In the medium term, Congress needs to defund DHS until the President backs off his unilateral DREAM act enforcement, and agrees to immediately deport everybody fool enough to trust the Democrats by signing up for a work permit.
To return to our muttons, however, Governor Perry may or may not do much good on the border, but he’s done a great job so far rehabilitating himself as a 2016 presidential candidate. I suspect that is a large part of what he’s up to, albeit deploying the Guard also benefits the State. Serendipity in action, as it were.