Gov. Rick Perry says he's deploying as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border after growing tied of "lip service" from the federal government.
Perry said Monday that the National Guard will provide additional support to a state-funded border surge that is costing an additional $1.3 million a week.
Much of the area has been overwhelmed in recent months by tens of thousands of unaccompanied children illegally entering the U.S.
Perry said criminals are exploiting the situation for human and drug trafficking.
More than 3,000 Border Patrol agents currently work in the region. The deployment of the National Guard is expected to unfold over the next 30 days.
Democrats and some Texas border sheriffs are criticizing the plan as an ill-conceived militarization.
A state lawmaker says Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to deploy as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to South Texas to bolster security along the Mexico border.
Rep. Terry Canales said he was briefed by his staff on Sunday following a conference call with the governor's office, Texas National Guard and the state Department of Public Safety. Perry is scheduled to make the announcement Monday afternoon.
More than 3,000 Border Patrol agents currently work in South Texas, and Perry has repeatedly asked President Barack Obama to send the National Guard to the border.
In June, Perry announced that the state would steer another $1.3 million each week to the Department of Public Safety to assist in border security through at least the end of the year.