(CNN) - Texas Governor Rick Perry defended his plan to deploy National Guard troops to help secure the southern border on CNN Sunday.
Candy Crowley asked whether the idea was part of a plan to take another run at higher office.
"I'm the governor of the state of Texas. My citizens' safety is what is foremost here and hadn't got anything to do with anything other than other than those numbers of individuals who are coming across the border. And when you think about the idea that some of them are from countries that have substantial terrorist ties, whether it's Pakistan or Afghanistan or Syria, we are historic record highs with individuals being apprehended from those countries. We say it's time to secure the border,” Perry said. “Hasn't got anything to do with anything other than the American citizens expect Washington to respect the constitution and secure the border. One of the things that's actually enumerated in the constitution, we'd like for them to do their duty."
Perry is sending up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the border.
The deployment is expected to cost Texas about $12 million a month.
When asked how long he plans to spend state money to do this, Perry said "We will continue to do what we have to do to keep our citizens safe."
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