LOS EBANOS, TEXAS — They are nurses, doctors, teachers, business owners, retirees, and even a movie theater owner.
Many have lived and worked in these border towns for more than 20 years.
They have been witnesses to the changing landscape of these towns, and have been at the forefront with those caught in the middle of the changing immigration policies.
Fr. Michael Montoya tells us people have lived in this community for generations, and many still have families across the river in Mexico. The proximity to the border attracts many to cross to the U.S. illegally.
Most recently, from Sept. 19 to 21, according to the Rio Grande Valley border patrol Chief Manuel Padilla, more than 2,000 undocumented immigrants crossed illegally through the valley — mostly families, and unaccompanied children.
According to 2010 local data, Hidalgo County — which includes Los Ebanos and Hidalgo — has 800,000 residents, of which about 4,500 are Filipinos.