El Paso Times
Sept. 16, 2013
A border congressman last week said that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s demands for “100 percent operational” control of the border are expensive and unrealistic.
The congressman said that if Cruz had an office somewhere along Texas’ 1,200-mile southern border, he’d understand the issues along it better.
“I think you need to have a listening post in a place like El Paso, which has been deemed the safest city in the United States for two or three years in a row,” said Rep. Pete Gallego, a Democrat whose massive 23rd Congressional district comprises a third of the entire U.S.-Mexico border.