|For CRYING out loud, I got it all wrong again!|
From El Paso Sun Times
By Joe Rutland
WASHINGTON -- In a news release sent out Monday, U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes said House Speaker John Boehner needs to take into account the violence in his home state before "tarnishing the image of border communities." Reyes, D-El Paso, said border communities remain among the safest places to live in America. "As his office asserts that Congress cannot consider reforming our broken immigration system until border violence is under control, the fact remains that the six largest cities of Ohio all have higher rates of violence and crime than every major city along the U.S.-Mexico border," Reyes said.
Tuesday, President Obama will visit El Paso and make a speech focusing on immigration reform.
According to data released by Reyes' office, Dayton's homicides -- city population 141,527 -- totaled 35 in 2010. Data indicates that in 2010, Texas' four major border cities -- El Paso, Laredo, Brownsville and McAllen -- totaled 26 homicides, according to the data.
Reyes pointed out that El Paso is "the largest border city in Texas and the safest large city in America."
"I hope the President's visit will help expose Republicans' distorted rhetoric on border violence, and renew the push for much-needed reforms to our immigration system that are long overdue," Reyes said.
View the the complete crime comparison Here .
By: Joe Rutland / EL PASO TIMES