World News Resource
May 31, 2012
In a recent interview with Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News, David Aguilar, Acting Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, said the Southwest borders of the United States are safer today than they have been in the last twenty years.
The crime rate is down 35% in some cases he said, with El Paso experiencing the 2nd year in a row as the safest large city in the United States. “It is not a war zone,” said Aguilar, in reference to recent comments made by residents living in nearby towns that it is just that; a war zone.
The years 2000 – 2001 were peak years for illegal activity; “Illegal immigration numbering 1.6 million apprehended,” Aguilar said, “when compared with last year when we had 340,000; an 80% drop.”