News Flash, Rick Perry: Texas Border Is Safe
An El Paso resident says resources are being wasted on security
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 6, 2011 12:44 PM CDT
A US Customs Inspector and a US marine check in vehicles at the Bridge of Americas port of entry cargo facility March 28, 2002 in El Paso, TX.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – GOP candidates love to talk about “securing” the border, especially Rick Perry. “It is not safe on that border,” the Texas governor said recently; last year, he even claimed, without any evidence at all, that bombs were exploding in the streets of El Paso. But “those of us who actually live along the border know otherwise,” writes El Paso judge Veronica Escobar, in the New York Times, noting that last year El Paso was ranked among America’s safest cities.

Politicians like Perry “use the bogeyman of border violence to justify exorbitant security measures." Perry, for example, championed security cameras that have caught just 26 people in two years—while costing $4 million, money that could have been spent on essential but undermanned land ports. What’s more, this careless rhetoric scares people away from a vibrant city. El Paso has much to offer, but “none of that seems to matter” when it’s “made the symbol of our supposedly broken border."

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jamiealex1569
Oct 6, 2011 11:42 PM CDT
Did you all notice the last name of the judge who said the Texas border was safe? Escobar! Sounds mexican to me!! No our borders are NOT secure nor SAFE! Because if that were true America would not have 30 million plus illegal aliens! You all can believe what you want, but the facts show different!! GET THE ILLEGAL ALIENS OUT OF OUR COUNTRY NOW!!!
Texanbybirth
Oct 6, 2011 4:34 PM CDT
All of you who think the border is fine, go to Laredo and venture into NuevoLaredo, Mexico. Make sure your life insurance is paid up and you have tatooed your info somewhere beside your head. Most of the time they will just cut your head off and leave it at the police station in plain daylight. Sometimes you will never be heard of again. But that's ok, you think the border is safe. Put your trust where your mouth is.
JoeQ
Oct 6, 2011 4:07 PM CDT
Yeah, she called it right, it's scaring people with boogeyman tactics. One of the dumbest things the government did was to require Americans to have passports for even casual cross-border shopping trips. That has killed off commerce in the 21 km border zone and accomplished absolutely nothing to make us safer.