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Mayors disagree about war-zone equipment on border

El Paso mayor worries move would send wrong message to Mexico

Mayors of cities along the Texas-Mexico border intent on protecting the images of their communities are drawing vastly different conclusions about a proposal that would bring in equipment from overseas war zones to bolster border security efforts.
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Nov 21, 2011, 1:28 pm
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The proposal has drawn criticism from Mayor John Cook of El Paso, who has vigorously disputed assertions that his city, which sits across the border from Ciudad Juárez, is affected by the same violence that has plagued northern Mexico.

“I would invite them to come to El Paso and we can look at the inventory of equipment that’s coming back from Iraq and they can tell me where they’d want to locate this,” Cook said. “To me, it’s just showing a whole lot of ignorance.”

The mayor said moving war zone equipment to the border would send the wrong signal to Mexico and potentially damage the robust symbiotic economic relationship between the two countries. The neighboring cities trade more than $70 billion annually, Cook said.

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Nov 21, 2011, 4:40 pm
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of course senor cook doesnt want this.  His city is booming because Juarez is so violent, that everyone goes to el passo for fun and business.  So at the cost of protecting the border and stopping border jumpers and drug runners Mr. Cook doesnt want anything to ruin his economy. Oh how distasteful it would be to militarize the border and stop the illegal border crossers and criminals. Anyone that doesnt support this defense act is insane. Once again, greed and money trumps law and security. The only ignorance showing is the Mayors in not wanting to support this defense act. Perhaps the Mayor either has pressure or a reward to bad mouth this all american act to secure the border.Lets send that wrong signal to Mexico. <<<<<>>>>>> Close the border NOW.

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