Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, announced on Monday plans to deploy approximately 1,000 National Guard troops to the southern Texas border to help secure the border.

According to Perry, the National Guard will support the Texas Department of Public Safety's "Operation Strong Safety." Perry's office noted the operation is aimed to combat criminal activity in the region because of the federal government's "failure to adequately secure the border."

"As the brave men and women of our border control are pulled away from their law enforcement duties to give humanitarian aid, drug cartels, human traffickers, individual criminals are exploiting this tragedy for their own criminal opportunities," Perry said during a press conference on July 21.

Perry stated he has "repeatedly" called the federal government to help secure the border. Perry said there is no national security without border security. Since 2008, 203,000 undocumented immigrants have been booked into Texas' jail system, while 640,000 crimes were committed, including 3,000 homicides and 8,000 sexual assaults, according to Perry.

"All 'cause of federal government lip service and empty promises," Perry said. "I will not stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor. We are too good a country for that to occur."

As a result, Perry used his executive authority as Texas governor to deploy the National Guard.

"The action I am ordering today will tackle this crisis head-on by multiplying our efforts to combat the cartel activity, human traffickers and individual criminals who threaten the safety of people across Texas and America," Perry said in a statement.

In regards to "Operation Strong Safety," Perry's office stated they have seen results during its first few weeks, notably a 36 percent drop of the apprehension of undocumented immigrants, or from over 6,60 to 4,200 per week.

Texas taxpayers will fund the 1,000 National Guard troops. The National Guard deployment will cost approximately $12 million per month. Perry had asked President Barack Obama for approximately 1,000 National Guard troops, on a temporary basis, while 3,000 additional border patrol personnel receive training and deployment to the southern U.S. border. According to Perry's office, the federal government would have funded the 1,000 National Guard troops under Title 32.

Obama requested $3.7 billion to help facilitate the border crisis. In an op-ed, Perry stated only $68.4 million, or 1.8 percent, of Obama's budget request would directly deal with security efforts at the border.

"The fact is, this is a crisis created by failed federal policy, and a lack of will to dedicate the resources necessary to secure the border, once and for all," Perry wrote. "This has been a problem for a long time.

"It seems to me that a much more powerful symbol would be the bipartisan passage of legislation that would actually make a historic investment in border security and send an additional 20,000 personnel to the border," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, noting the Obama administration did not receive any kind of communication about Perry's deployment plans.

Texas Adjutant General John Nichols will handle Perry's National Guard plans.

As Latin Post reported, per federal law, the National Guard are not allowed to apprehend and prevent people from crossing in the U.S.