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Posted: Jul 14, 2014 7:21 PM

Updated: Jul 14, 2014 7:26 PM

SOUTH OF MERCEDES - Winter Texans are keeping a close eye on the immigration crisis unfolding in the Rio Grande Valley.

Llano Grande RV Park and Resort resident Roger Sefton said it's unclear how illegal immigration will impact the Winter Texan numbers in the region.

Sefton patrols the RV park.

"We check everybody in. We take their license number, ask them where they're going ... the purpose of their visit," Sefton said.

The RV park is about three quarters of a mile from the Rio Grande.

"I think the Valley is a very friendly place to be," Sefton said.

Sefton said Llano Grande may not be affected as much as some smaller parks.

"Smaller parks, I think are going to be affected more than a place like this. We're a huge park, and very well managed," he said.

Julian Alvarez, president of RGV Partnership, doesn't expect a major drop in the number of Winter Texans visiting the Valley.

"Think about all of the winter visitors that, when they are down here, the humanitarian things that they do," Alvarez said.

"I think more than ever you're going to want to see them more engaged with what's happening on this side," Alvarez said.

Some RV park operators said they've received calls from Winter Texans concerned about safety in the region. Still, Sefton remains optimistic.

"I think it will affect the new people that plan ... would like to come down. I don't think it's going to affect the people that come down on a regular basis," Sefton said.

Topics: rio grande valley, winter texan, south texas, illegal, immigration, impact, region, roger sefton, julian alvarez, rgv partnership

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