Posted: Jun 25, 2014 6:45 PM
Updated: Jun 30, 2014 3:03 PM
MISSION - DPS troopers are changing Anzalduas Park in Mission into a border security stronghold.
Families at the park who used to visit to barbecue, fish and relax said it's not the same. Monica Tatum returned to the park with her son. It's been 20 years since her last visit.
"It is a lot different. ... We used to come and have a good time here," she told us. "I wanted to take him here and let him see the stuff that I grew up with and how different it is from back then and how different it is from growing up."
Now the park is filled with state troopers. A DPS boat cruises up and down the Rio Grande. Helicopters circle in the air. It's all part of an effort to security our border.
Tatum said the law enforcement presence is needed. "My family members no longer come here because of all the violence," she told us.
She said she knows more patrols in the area keeps everyone safe. "I just hope it gets better," she added. "I really do, because then they don't get to enjoy the stuff that we got to enjoy growing up."