Daily commuters speak out about military presence at port of entries
According to the Department of Defense, a total of 7,000 troops are being sent to the Southern Border, hundreds of them to the Rio Grande Valley.
Soldiers are putting up concertina wire along local port of entries like the Anzalduas International Bridge.
Several people who cross the bridge every day say the troops presence makes the journey uneasy.
"It affects us a bunch because we come over here to Hidalgo to get clothes and buy them and we resell them in Mexico," said Julia Savedra.
But not everyone sees it that way.
"I like them here," said Enrique Gonzalez who also crosses into Mexico every day to visit his family.
Gonzalez says he's not worried because there is no plan for the military to deny people into the United States or to act on behalf of Customs and Border Protection as confirmed by General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staffs.
"There is no plan for soldiers to come in contact with immigrants. They are simply there to reinforce the Department of Homeland Security as they are conducting their mission," says Dunford.
For now, troops will continue preparing at local bridges and will remain at their base, set up in Donna, while monitoring the caravan which has made its way to Mexico City as of Wednesday.
On Thursday, CBS 4 will get an inside look at the military base in Donna.