Posted: Jun 26, 2014 6:49 PM
Updated: Jun 30, 2014 3:01 PM
McALLEN - The increase in the number of federal and state law enforcers in the region is turning into extra profits for local businesses.
The troopers and agents are bringing extra profits for restaurants, hotels and even dry cleaners.
Felipe Avila said his cleaners are getting more Border Patrol uniforms. Hotel operators said the law enforcers' arrival is helping offset what is typically their slow time of the year.
Border Patrol deployed an additional 100 agents to the Valley in April. The Texas Department of Public Safety would not disclose how many more troopers have been sent to the region.
"We have seen this increase before. It depends on what the national debate that is going on with immigration," McAllen Chamber of Commerce President Steve Alhenius said.
Alhenius said the immigration issue brings added attention to the region. He said that attention brings a short boost to the economy.