Texas has started deploying up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Mexican border, with the aim of combating crime in a region flooded by illegal immigration, law enforcement officials said on Thursday.

Border sheriff’s have been informed about the deployment and the first Texas National Guard troops have taken positions in places such as towers used for monitoring, a deputy with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s office said.

Neither the Texas National Guard nor Texas Governor Rick Perry’s office were immediately available for comment.

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