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Posted: Jun 23, 2014 9:24 PM

Updated: Jun 30, 2014 3:07 PM

RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County is dealing with a high number of illegal crossings. Area leaders say it's going to take more than just a meeting with state leaders to fix the problem.

City officials in Rio Grande City say they are happy the state is helping out, but they want federal officials to do more. Area residents said they are worried about the influx of illegal immigrants and the impact they will have on the county.

"I don't think it is right for everybody to come in here. There has to be some control. The ones who are going to suffer are the ones at the border," area resident Lupe Amador said.

Amador, a retired teacher, said he's happy Gov. Rick Perry visited the Rio Grande Valley to get a better perspective of the problem. He wants federal officials to do the same.

"They need to come over here and look at the whole situation," he said.

Amador said just listening to what's happening at the border won't help. He said officials in Washington need to visit the Valley.

Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal said the problem started years ago. He said it is the federal government's responsibility to secure the border.

"It is a border that is governed by the federal government. It's not a city government, it's not a state government. It belongs to the United State's government, and there's only one area where that falls under ... meaning the executive branch and Congress," Villarreal said.

Topics: ruben villarreal, rio grande city, immigration, illegal, lupe amador, rick perry, rio grande valley, border, washington

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