Texas Governor Rick Perry deployed National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley to essentially do nothing (because they have no authority to make arrests or even question immigrants) and apparently he didn’t have a plan in place to pay all of them.
The San Antonio Express-News reports that some of the troops Perry deployed have been forced to use a food bank.
SAN ANTONIO — About 50 National Guard troops deployed to the border by Gov. Rick Perry are using food and gas assistance from a food bank in the Rio Grande Valley because they haven’t been paid in weeks. [...]
Terri Drefke, executive director for the RGV Food Bank, said “about 50″ National Guard troops have requested food or gas assistance from the food bank recently, according to KGBT.
“For some reason they don’t have the funding in their pocket to buy food, and we obviously don’t want them to go hungry,” she said.
Rick Perry sent these men on a wild goose chase and now they’re turning to charity assistance to sustain themselves.