A local Texoma lawmaker toured the Rio Grande Valley earlier this week and says he witnessed immigrants being processed who were caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
Congressman Mac Thornberry says touring McAllen gave him a new appreciation for the difficult job border agents do everyday.
He says while the amount of people crossing is still high, they have actually seen the number go down.
Thornberry says the process of how minors are released to family members or guardians needs improvement.
"They basically sign a piece of paper that says they will have the minor show up for a court date in 2016, or whereever it is, but then they're gone," Thornberry says. "I really worry that because we're not doing background checks for who we're releasing these kids to, some of them may be released into very bad situations."
In addition, Thornberry says he also supports the deployment later of around 1,000 National Guard troops to the border.
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