- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 24, 2014

Texas is deploying National Guard troops to the border — and the White House is sending in the research team.

The aim of the group is to determine what, if any, effect the military troops has on curbing illegal immigrant inflow to the United States, Reuters first reported.

The White House team includes officials with the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. President Obama tasked Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel with assembling the team and sending them in, with the ultimate goal of reporting back to the White House whether Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s “Deter and Refer” mission for 1,000 members of the Texas National Guard proves a worthwhile venture, Breitbart reported.

It’s not clear if Texas officials would meet with the president’s task force team of researchers.

In a statement to Breitbart, the governor’s office only said: “It is going to take decisive action to secure this border. Gov. Perry has been calling for additional border security resources for years, and as the humanitarian and public safety crises on the border continue, we cannot afford to wait any longer.”

Texas National Guard will be sent to the border over the span of 45 days, Breitbart reported.

The news comes as Fox News on Thursday reported a new internal survey that found 56 percent of respondents regard Mr. Obama as incompetent on border issues.

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