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Friday
Apr012011

DHS Secretary: Talk of Spillover Violence Hurts Local Economies

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Friday Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that stories and claims about spillover violence from Mexico pouring into the United States are inaccurate and that continued comments about the Mexican Drug war are hurting the local economies in border regions. Napolitano said that these claims are often drummed up to score “political points.”
 
Speaking at an event hosted by the progressive think tank NDN Napolitano said, “It is simply inaccurate to state, and too many have, that the border with Mexico is overrun or out of control. This statement I think sometimes is made to score political points. You know, it’s wrong. It’s just plain wrong. Continuing to make these assertions in the face of everything that is happening and everything that has been done not only has negative consequences for our own border communities but it also disrespects the efforts of the law enforcement men and women on that border.”
 
“Damaging misinformation about border communities has been repeated so often it's almost become a given in American life.” Napolitano said,  “Everybody's saying the border's out of control, it doesn’t work, it's not safe , it's not secure. And that means for them they can’t recruit business there, it means that colleges can't recruit students there, you name it. They have after-effect after after-effect after after-effect."

The facts in Mexico cannot be ignored that over 35,000 people in Mexico have been killed as a result of the ongoing warfare between the cartels and Mexico’s military and police in the past five years. The cartels have become increasingly violent as they fight over territory, and as young lieutenants rise among the cartels, they resort to more and more violent tactics.
 
While the situation is dire in Mexico, whose tactics are similar to those used in Iraq and Afghanistan with car bombs and the use of IEDs, a review of available FBI statistics between 2008 and 2009 shows declines of murders in U.S. border cities. In San Diego, murders dropped from 55 killed in 2008 to 41 deaths in 2009. In Tucson, murders dropped from 65 killed in 2008 to 35 murders in 2009. And in El Paso, murders dropped from 17 murders in 2008 to 12 in 2009 and five murders last year in 2010. Murders have spiked this year in El Paso with 11 murders so far, but they appear to be random acts of violence according to a spokesman with the Police Department there.

Meanwhile, across the border in Ciudad Juárez Mexican police deal with hundreds of murders every month as the cartels fight over ways to get their drugs into the United States.
 
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