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Guard troops to stay on border

3 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Friday, February 20 2015 Feb 20, 2015 February 20, 2015 1:09 AM February 20, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

McALLEN, Texas - On the highway that hugs the southern stretch of the Texas-Mexico border, law enforcement is everywhere, patrolling the pavement, pulling over vehicles and even keeping watch from a helicopter over the Rio Grande.

Less visible are hundreds of Texas National Guard troops who arrived last summer and are under new orders from Gov. Greg Abbott to remain indefinitely. But local authorities and residents are questioning the need for the troops now that migration numbers are falling.

Guard members who typically respond to short-term disasters like hurricanes are instead digging in for one of the longest domestic deployments in the U.S.

Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio says the money being spent on the guard would be better used to beef up local agencies. And some residents don't like the military-style presence.

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