Federal and state legislators met in Mission this afternoon in a media briefing that was aimed, in part, at dispelling myths about border security.

U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar along with state Senator Juan Chuy Hinojosa and Representative Oscar Longoria, say that rhetoric about violent crime and insecurity is affecting investment in south Texas.

Cuellar proposed a plan for border security that included adding 200 border patrol agents aided by a virtual wall build on surveillance technology.

“When people run for federal office or state office, they always attack the border. It’s the easiest thing to demonize, which has a negative impact on us on the border.”

State legislators’ Hinojosa and Longoria say that the recently passed security bill is already helping train and deploy more DPS troopers and begun developing an intelligence command center to share information between local and state law enforcement.