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Posted: Jun 28, 2014 8:02 PM

Updated: Jun 30, 2014 2:56 PM

RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Immigration attorney Lionel Perez spent decades representing illegal immigrants in asylum hearings here in the Valley.

He says he's been watching the recent increase of illegal alien crossings and has mixed feelings about whether or not they should be allowed to stay.

"My legal brain says the law says no and my human brain says they deserve a break. Somewhere in there lies the truth," said Perez.

Perez says the recent surge of politicians coming to the Valley won't help solve a complicated issue.

"What can you learn in two days or one day? Lot of us have been here for 38 years working the system don't know it so I don't think that a two hour visit to the border is going to make any difference," said Perez.

Perez says he actually stopped representing illegal immigrants in asylum hearings a little while ago because asylum was so rarely granted to his clients.

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