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Posted: Jul 21, 2014 9:54 PM

Updated: Jul 21, 2014 10:29 PM

BROWNSVILLE - A Brownsville man says he is anxious for the arrival of National Guards troops.

Rusty Monsees said he hopes some of the troops will be deployed near his land along the Rio Grande.

Gov. Rick Perry on Monday ordered the deployment of 1,000 National Guard troops to the South Texas border.

"I think it's a good idea," Monsees said.

He would like to have some troops on his land.

"All they have to do is pick up their trash. ... They can utilize the property the same way Border Patrol does," Monsees said.

The Hidalgo County area is the hot spot for children crossing illegally into the country. Monsees said he has noticed more people crossing through his Cameron County property.

"It's not the kids; it's the adults. They come up to my house. They get into my truck ... they want a ride. They want to use the phone," he said.

Monsees said immigrants trek through his property at all hours.

"You can see where they climb the fence. The fence is no deterrent," he said.

A body washed up on the river banks when a CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew was interviewing Monsees.

Monsees said he worries about those who come with bad intentions, like drug runners.

"Border Patrol goes through here regularly ... I know that they find product," he said.

He also worries about human smugglers.

"I hear them at night. (They) yell, ‘Hey, gringo, what's happening?'" Monsees said.

"At 66 years old, it's not fair to ask me to get by on two or three hours of sleep a day," he said.

Monsees said Border Patrol agents do as much as possible. Still, he said more boots are needed on the ground.

Topics: rusty monsees, brownsville, border, illegal, immigration, national guard, troops, border crisis, immigration, surge, central america, obama administration

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