Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis on Thursday questioned the deployment of 1,000 National Guard troops on the border with Mexico to curtail illegal immigration and she promised, if elected, that she will study withdrawing them.
The troop contingent was promised a month ago by current Republican Gov. Rick Perry, and it is expected that in the coming days they will begin to be deployed along the Texas-Mexico border, which stretches some 2,000 kilometers (about 1,240 miles).
"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 at the time.
Perry, who aspires to be the Republican presidential nominee in 2016, guaranteed that the National Guard will remain on the border at least for the next three months, which is the time that the $36 million in the state budget that can be used to pay for them will last.
Davis, who has already come out against the measure saying that the National Guard has no responsibilities in the immigration crisis, said Thursday at a campaign event that if she wins the November election she will consult with South Texas authorities to study whether or not to maintain the force there.
Her opponent, the current attorney general of Texas, Gregg Abbott, did not delay in responding to her remarks, saying that she will weaken border security by removing the National Guard from along the frontier but he - in contrast - will secure the border.
Although Davis' campaign has raised hopes among Democrats, who see in her a candidate capable of winning in one of the country's main conservative bastions, all voter surveys to date have found that Abbott is poised to defeat her in the election.
The southern part of the country, and in particular Texas, in recent months has experienced a massive inflow of undocumented and unaccompanied Central American children and teenagers fleeing the violence in their countries of origin, where they are harassed by drug traffickers and other criminals.
According to government figures, almost 60,000 unaccompanied children - mainly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador - have crossed the southern border since last October and expectations are that by the end of the year the number will be 90,000.