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The message — the border is secure — was sent by U.S. Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano while she stood in El Paso recently, and coincidentally on the day this city was named the nation’s safest large city for the third year in a row.

President Barack Obama delivered a similar message — the border is secure — on his last visit here, and while standing on the Chamizal only yards from Mexico.

Now it’s time, as U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, said, for those not living on the border to see the reality of the border.

We believe that reality has eluded U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who still contends the federal government has a long way to go before our border is secure.

We disagree. As O’Rourke pointed out, there are record-low levels of immigrant arrests, the number of Border Patrol agents has been greatly increased and $18 billion is spent annually on border security.

Surely, those Cornyn types in Congress are aware our southern border with Mexico spans four states and covers nearly 2,000 miles. That’s a lot of territory to patrol.

But El Paso should be looked at as the No. 1 clue the border is about as secure as man can feasibly make it. We are the only large city that sits directly on the Mexico border and:

n One of Mexico’s deadliest drug-cartel conflicts raged in Juarez from 2008 into 2012, and none of the violence crossed into El Paso.

n Data compiled by City Crime Rankings by CQ Press show this city, only feet from the border, has been one of the top three safest big cities in the U.S. for the last 15 years in a row. The rating is based on the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for the crimes of murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson. That just about covers it all.

When Obama spoke here in May 2011, he said what we’ve been saying since border security was ramped up in the years following 9/11 — we’ve already gone above and beyond what was requested by those who said they support immigration reform, but first the border must be secured.

The border is secure. El Paso is the prime example. No more politics. Talk immigration now.

El Paso Times


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