Government says borders are safe despite disputing reports
The Government Accountability Office released a report suggesting that southwest border communities are safe places to live, work and do business.
U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar told KTRH News that he asked the G-A-O to undertake this study more than a year ago. Unlike in other reports Cuellar wanted the G-A-O to talk to people on the ground. People who live and work in the communities along the southwest border and to those who patrol the border. He said that is what the G-A-O did in forming this report. The report, with data analyzed by the FBI found that violent crimes rates have fallen in border communities in recent years by as much as 26 percent.
Congressman Cuellar says the country must remain vigilant and continue to strengthen federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Not everyone agrees with the conclusion of the G-A-O report.
William Gheen the President of Americans for Legal Immigration told KTRH News that the report is propaganda. He says that people living on the border know that their lives and property remain in great danger.