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Dem Lawmaker Slams Rick Perry Move As 'Nothing More Than A Publicity Stunt'

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to reporters at a news conference at the California Republican Party convention in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Oct. 4, 2013.  Perry compared the business environments of Texas and California, saying that excessive taxation, regulation and other factors were driving companies from California to other states, including Texas. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to reporters at a news conference at the California Republican Party convention in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Perry compared the business environments of Texas and California, saying that excessive taxation, regulation and other factors were driving companies from California to other states, including Texas. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) announced plans on Monday to send up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, a move state Rep. Terry Canales calls "nothing more than a publicity stunt."

Canales, a Democrat, joined HuffPost Live Tuesday to discuss Perry's bold move and the growing border crisis, blaming President Barack Obama for being "part of the problem." The president recently requested $3.7 billion to help deal with the influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the border.

Watch Canales on HuffPost Live above.

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