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“U.S.-Mexico Border Safest Area in America,” says U.S. Customs and Border Director

Posted by FactReal on May 3, 2012

ILLUSIONISTS AT WORK
U.S. Customs and Border director (CPB) "U.S.-Mexico Border safest area in America”

Left: Gene Garza, director of U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Laredo, Texas. Right: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (Photos: CBP, AP)

Via CNSNews.com:
The U.S. side of the southwest border is home to “some of the safest communities in America,” Gene Garza, the director of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in the Laredo, Texas field office, told lawmakers on Tuesday. […]

However, the U.S. Attorneys’ Annual Statistical Report for Fiscal Year 2011 paints a different picture, showing that 80 percent of all cases filed against criminal defendants in U.S. Magistrate Courts were filed in districts along the U.S.-Mexican border. […]

There were 71,387 cases filed in U.S. Magistrate Courts against criminal defendants between Oct. 1, 2010 and Sept. 20, 2011 (FY 2011), according to the Attorneys’ latest statistical report. Among those cases, 57,310 (80 percent) occurred along the southwest border.

Despite the U.S. Attorneys’ data, DHS Secretary Napolitano echoed Garza’s claims that the border communities are among the safest in the country, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 25: “Violent crime in U.S. border communities has also remained flat or fallen over the past decade, and statistics have shown that some of the safest communities in America are along the border.”

Do you feel any safer now?

UPDATE
“U.S.-Mexico Border Safest Area in America,” says U.S. Customs and Border Director in Laredo, TX

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