In an attempt to prevent violence in Mexico from spilling over into the Rio Grande Valley many local, state and federal law enforcement agencies attended a border coalition meeting on how to protect local residents, Michelle Macias has the story.
It was a packed house at the McAllen Convention Center on Thursday morning as governmental agencies gathered together to discuss border security for the Valley. It also was a way of evaluating the effectiveness of state operations at controlling drug related violence and crimes along the Texas/Mexico border. One resident who has been affected by all the illegal activity is Margarito Trujillo who owns a restaurant on the banks of the river. He says that he has seen illegal immigrants and drug smugglers swim from Mexico onto the Texas side on a daily basis. He wants this to stop and the only way he thinks it will work is by adding more manpower along the border.