Posted: Jul 28, 2014 4:22 PM
Updated: Jul 28, 2014 4:58 PM
WESLACO - National Guard troops will have the authority to make arrests once they are deployed to the Rio Grande Valley.
Gov. Rick Perry announced last week he was sending up to 1,000 troops to help secure the border.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS on Monday asked the Texas military forces if the troops will make arrests. Officials responded with a short e-mail.
"As guardsmen, our troops can be activated with a law enforcement mission if directed by the governor to do so," the statement said.
"We have been directed by the governor to support the (Texas) Department of Public Safety where we will work side by side with local law enforcement officers to deter and refer individuals who are suspected of criminal activity along the Texas-Mexico border," the statement said.
The guard will begin deploying in the next few weeks.