San Antonio - Today, the San Antonio Express News reported that National Guard troops deployed to the border by Governor Rick Perry are requesting food and gas resources from the RGV Food Bank because they haven’t been paid in weeks. [San Antonio Express-News, 8/29/2014]
Senator Leticia Van de Putte issued the following statement:
“The border must be secure; we are all working to ensure that happens. The Perry - Patrick deployment of the Guard has been nothing but a political ploy: there is no request from local leaders for this mission, no exit strategy, or even a plan to pay for it. Today, we learn that our men and women of the Guard have been forced to contact food banks to feed themselves because they haven’t been paid in weeks. This is unacceptable.
“Texans do not play politics with the service of our troops.”