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5/15/06-Tyler

Local Politicians React To Guard Activation

The president's announcement has been criticized for being a strategic political move, not a real solution to the border security problem. Local politicians say it's about time he took this kind of action regardless of the motivation. Representative Louie Gohmert says the president's compassion has stood in the way of swift action.

"He has had kind of a blind spot about the things coming across the border that want to hurt us. I believe that he has finally seen what many of us have been saying for a long time," said Gohmert.

Representative Leo Berman said, "I really don't care if it's a political move or not. We've been invaded. We've got 23 million illegals in our country. We don't need to keep our borders open."

Senator Todd Staples said, "Right now, the State of Texas is diverting precious taxpayer dollars that could go toward funding our public education system and providing property tax relief that is being used to fill the role of our federal government."

Governor Perry responded to the news today, saying he hopes many of the resources will be used along the Texas border. He also says he expects the guard to remain under state control.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

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