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If Texas officials get their way, the National Guard may be sticking around the Lone Star State for longer than expected.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry deployed roughly 1,000 National Guard troops to help defend the border last summer after an influx of illegal crossers left law enforcement agents overwhelmed, and the border completely vulnerable to drug cartels and traffickers. Since then, however, troop levels have been steadily winding down as the March exit date draws closer and as the number of illegal crossers has declined.