Local and Federal Officials Discuss Border Security

POSTED: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 6:15pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am

Local law enforcement agencies aren't the only ones concerned about tightening security. Residents say they want to see more patrols protecting our borders, and that's something Texas Governor, Rick Perry, has asked The Department Homeland Security to do. He is requesting resources and 1,000 more troops along the border.

“I think it's a good idea. The border towns will see a lot more American money if they were more secure.”

Winter Texan couple Don and Judy McGrew who now live in the Valley say even though México is only a walk over the bridge away, they haven't crossed over much since violence sparked in Reynosa.

“They need to put a seed of security in minds of people going over.”

Cameron County Sheriff, Omar Lucio, along with other local and federal officials met to discuss the same concern that the McGrew’s and Sanchez’s families have. There is a security plan already in place in each agency, but the emphasis now is for all agencies to cooperate and communicate with each other in case there is a spill over into Cameron County.

“We all hope and pray it doesn't but that's the reason we wanted to get together. We’ll be prepared for whatever needs to be taken.”

The same local and federal officials will meet again next week to continue the border security planning.

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