Don’t Militarize the US-Mexico Border


Target: Texas Governor Rick Perry

Goal: Stop the deployment of more National Guardsmen to the border

Might doesn’t solve every problem, and that is something that the governor of Texas should keep in mind. Governor Rick Perry, faced with the ongoing crisis of refugees fleeing violence in Central America, recently announced his intention to send 1000 National Guardsmen to the US-Mexico border. According to MSNBC, “Operation Strong Safety” will deploy these Guardsmen to the border over the next 30 days, where they will assist with security. Though this state of affairs seems reasonable at first glance, there is actually very little point to sending troops to deal with the crisis. According to The Rachel Maddow Show, the refugees in question are turning themselves in to border patrol agents upon reaching the United States. There is no need to seek out and detain them; more security isn’t necessary.

The current border crisis has been caused by rampant violence in Central America, which has driven thousands of children to seek refuge in the US, according to Mother Jones. These children have been demonized by some media personalities and politicians in the US, and indeed Governor Perry has stated that militarizing the border is necessary  because “our citizens are under assault”. The danger posed by frightened children isn’t immediately clear. The dangers posed by flooding the border with soldiers are, however, more evident. These refugees don’t need to be rounded up and dealt with by the National Guard; they need to be handled by existing immigration services.

Governor Perry is not wrong to want to protect the interests of his state and the people he represents, but he should engage in more productive measures instead of rushing useless troops to the border. He is not facing an invasion; he is dealing with a humanitarian crisis. By signing this petition, you will call on the governor to withdraw the National Guard from the border.


Dear Governor Perry,

Your recent decision to send 1,000 National Guardsmen to the border is unlikely to result in any meaningful progress. Though Texas currently faces a large influx of refugees, these children are turning themselves in to border agents already. There is no need for more security. In fact, the presence of more armed troops could inflame the already serious situation.

There are ways that you can help resolve the border crisis, but they do not involve the deployment of soldiers. I urge you to turn to more constructive measures in order to resolve the issue.


[Your Name Here]

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