TX Congressman: No Spillover in Fort Hancock
POSTED: Friday, April 9, 2010 - 2:57pm
UPDATED: Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 9:35pm
FORT HANCOCK, TX - The fear of spill over violence in Fort Hancock is getting the attention of a Texas Congressman. Representative Ciro Rodriguez met with the community to address the concern Friday morning, and he admitted it's easy to get across the border. However, he said the worries are over violence that has been occurring in Mexico.
"It's the result of what's occuring on the other side, not what's necessarily happening here," he said.
The Congressman says he will ask for more money for Fort Hancock and other border areas, and better accountability on what's being spent to fight border violence. As for the concern of spillover, Rodriguez says it's not happening, and the Border Patrol agrees.
"The fear of the violence is always there, but we've been very, very effective in preventing that violence from spilling over into the United States," Border Patrol Supervisor Ramiro Cordero said.
We're told the number of illegal immigrants caught in the U.S. is down 105,000 people in three years. Cordero says that number is proof Fort Hancock, and other border cities are being kept safe.
"We've shown a decrease, that only tells us that we've been effective. Sure we're concerned with the violence in Juarez, of course we are. The threat is there, but the threat is anywhere," he said.
The issue will be addressed again later this month.