Despite presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry’s claims that the U.S.-Mexico border is completely lawless, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials argue that it is safer and more secure than it has ever been.
Gov. Perry recently told reporters that he’d asked Washington for 1,000 National Guard troops at the border, as the current methods are ineffective and building a fence along the entire 1,200-mile border is just “ridiculous”.
He slammed the Obama administration for saying the border is far more secure than ever, saying, “Six week ago, the president went to El Paso and said the border is safer than it’s ever been. I have no idea, maybe he was talking about the Canadian border. I will assure you one thing, if I’m president of the United States, the border will be secure.”
CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin fired back at claims of a lawless border, saying the residents of the area will attest to the increased safety.
Bersin told the Texas Tribune, “It is incumbent to those of us who live and work on the border to dispel this myth that the border is out of control, that the border is unsafe.”