AUSTIN — City and county leaders along the Texas-Mexico border, responding to Gov. Rick Perry’s plans for a border-area deployment of Texas Rangers, on Wednesday challenged Perry’s suggestions that the region is being overwhelmed by narco-crime from Mexico and called for greater cooperation between the governor’s office and local officials.
"Your remarks, if accurately reported, create a public impression of lawless hordes overrunning the border region and do not reflect our collective experience," Eagle Pass Mayor Chad Foster, chairman of the Texas Border Coalition, said in a letter to Perry.
"While each of our communities has their own unique issues, being overwhelmed by criminal elements from Mexico is not one of them," Foster said.
I haven't lived in TX too long, but from what I have heard is that while there is always more crime on the borders of Mexico, this particular move to send Texas Rangers to the border is to rally more support for his run for re-election. KBH is going to challenge him, so he needs to do something that is important to voting population of Texas.
I wouldn't underestimate the need for help along the border though, as some of the most dangerous places in Texas are along the TX / MX border (Laredo / Laredo Nuevo for instance).
Personally, I think it's a politician playing politics, but it's working out for the people that he serves so I am fine with that.
Answer by QuinnMae at 3:44 PM on Sep. 17, 2009
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Answer by Anonymous at 1:14 PM on Sep. 17, 2009
Are you taking offense to Perry's deployment of Texas Rangers or are you taking offense to a mayor's disagreement with his actions?
No, I'm wondering what's going on there. The county leaders are saying he is exaggerating the situation...I am not from there, I have no idea who is correct
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:16 PM on Sep. 17, 2009
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Answer by BlueCollarMama at 1:21 PM on Sep. 17, 2009
Whether they want to admit it or not a large amount of border cities revenue comes from illegals so they're going to object to any kind of reinforcement of the border that's going to stop the flow of illegals into their towns. I personally think the border issues are a very large threat to our national security, but hey that's just my opinion.
So do I , that and the unprotected ports
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:34 PM on Sep. 17, 2009
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