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Posted: Jul 10, 2014 6:37 PM

Updated: Jul 10, 2014 6:38 PM

LOS EBANOS - Hundreds of illegal immigrants use Anzalduas Park to cross into the United States every day. Others choose more secluded areas, like the small community of Los Ebanos.

Residents of the small town are concerned about the increase in illegal activity. Still, they are not sure about the involvement of civil militias.

Families in Los Ebanos say their neighborhoods used to be peaceful and safe. Now, they're in the midst of a national crisis and face threats of danger everyday.

Los Ebanos residents say they see illegal immigrants on a daily basis. The groups trek through their yards and streets.

"The other time I saw lots of aliens, like 15 running down the street. It scares you. You never know if they want to come in. It gets scary," one resident said.

The man said illegal immigrants constantly break down his fence to cross his property. He understands Border Patrol and other law enforcement can't be in his neighborhood 24 hours a day. That's why he supports citizen militias.

Several citizen militias are volunteering to come to the Valley to help deal with the immigration issue.

"If they see armed people patrolling the neighborhoods, maybe they'll get scared and run back. Maybe they won't come back any more," the man said.

Another resident thinks the militias are a bad idea.

"They're armed and you don't know who they are. They're coming from other parts of the state," the man said.

The man said it's better to leave things up to law enforcement.

"That's what they train for. That's their job. They go for training and all sorts of procedures," the man said.

Topics: los ebanos, illegal, immigration, rio grande valley, south texas, mcallen, border patrol, central, america, obama, administration, militia

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