Posted: Jul 21, 2014 6:28 PM
Updated: Jul 21, 2014 8:47 PM
RIO GRANDE CITY - Mayor Ruben Villarreal welcomed the governor's decision to deploy the National Guard to the border.
The Rio Grande City mayor said the recent surge in illegal immigration is draining law enforcement resources in his city.
Villarreal said police often are tied up waiting for overwhelmed Border Patrol agents to pick people who have crossed illegally into the United States.
The immigration surge is keeping officers away from their regular patrols, the mayor said.
Villarreal said the National Guard was a great help to local law enforcement four years ago.
"When you have an influence, like the National Guard, they become a helping hand," Villarreal said.
Rio Grande City residents said they will feel safer once the National Guard arrives.