Valley residents split on the issue of troops at the border
The Valley seems to be split on the issue of having active-military on the border.
But, whether they agree with it or not, soldiers are here and are already being hands-on at the Mcallen-Hidalgo International Bridge, adding barbed wire where the two countries collide.
Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector Chief, Manuel Padilla Jr., says this is all in preparation and anticipation of the caravan.
“If they show up, we definitely do not want an unruly situation of people doing what they did in Mexico and Guatemala,” says Padilla.
“I think we’ve got to be cautious on how we deal with any mass group of people,” says Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, who believes there needs to be a different way to prepare for the caravan. “I don’t really understand the sense of picking up those wires and putting up these doors,” Gonzalez adds.
While the estimated time of arrival for this migrant caravan is two months away, Valley residents continue to either show support or opposition of the militarization of their hometown.