Governor Rick Perry made headlines Monday when he announced that he is sending 1,000 Texas National Guardsmen to the U.S.-Mexico border to help deal with the recent surge of illegal immigrants.

The guardsmen will be helping to hunt down drug cartels, smuggling rings and other criminal elements, both with on-the-ground patrols and aerial reconnaissance. Right now, more than 3,000 U.S. Border Patrol agents currently work in the region.

Kiii News Anchor Rudy Trevino spoke with several community leaders, lawyers and the head of the local Republican Party for reaction to Monday's announcement by the governor.