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April 22, 2014 - 8:30 am

On the Texas-Mexico border, according to TIME.

1. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
> Pct. feel safe at night: 48.5%
> Pct. without money for shelter: 24.5% (the highest)
> Violent crime rate: 319.2 per 100,000 (160th lowest)
> Poverty rate: 34.5% (2nd highest)
> Population: 809,759 (90th highest)

McAllen was the only metro area in which less than half of all respondents felt safe walking home alone at night. This was despite the fact that McAllen actually had a lower violent crime rate than the United States overall in 2012, at just 319 incidents per 100,000 residents, versus 387 crimes for 100,000 residents nationally. However, violence along the border with Mexico remains a concern for many McAllen residents. The State Department warns against traveling to the neighboring city of Reynosa, Mexico, due to high levels of drug-related violence. Additionally, nearly 25% of residents stated they did not have enough money for adequate shelter at some point in the previous year, by far the most of any metro area. A lack of adequate shelter may be tied to the relatively low economic prosperity in the region. In 2012, 34.5% of residents lived below the poverty line, and the median household income was just $33,761, both among the worst in the nation.

TIME needs to keep up. Local official claims that crime has been reduced are bogus. The people don’t feel safe because they live close to a drug war, they have endured –frankly, they have elect and re-elected — deep corruption for far too long, and local officials tend to be criminals. Above all that, President Obama mocks people who want greater border security.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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"Above all that, President Obama mocks people who want greater border security."

That's because he and the Dems benefit from illegal immigration. Get them over the border, get them immediately on government benefits, then sit back and watch them vote Dem. It's illegal, but since when did Dems care a whit for legality? The whole party is best seen as an organized crime syndicate.
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Yes, this is a region populated in great part by illegal aliens and the "anchor babies" of illegal aliens. Its a black hole of Federal entitlement check payments. It was before the major violence caused by the drug cartels started happening, and it still will be if that violence was to end tomorrow.

And that's what the champions of amnesty and open borders would bring to the rest of the US if they got their way, not that its not happening anyway. Sorry, there are many aspects to cultures. The political culture of most of Latin America is not pretty. It's expected that one who gets an elected office will use it for personal enrichment via bribes and/or shaking down those you have power over. Why else would you want it? The law only applies to those under you when and if you choose to use it. Your only fear of the law is that those above you in the hierarchy might apply it to you if you annoy them. The fact that there is so much corruption in the Rio Grande Valley is a direct reflection of that cultural attitude.

But don't get me wrong. People of Hispanic descent whose families have been here for generations aren't any different in outlook than any other Americans, but they are assimilated. Its the same with all immigrant groups. But when you let vast hordes of people with cultural traits that are antagonistic to American culture move in and essentially create colonies from their home countries you are asking for trouble. They don't assimilate, they expect everyone to conform to them.
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I think this is one of those things that people are just finally talking more openly about. My brother in law isn't well off but he does run a well known business and is a highly visible "face" in their advertising. It was a decision that made a lot of sense when he was single and just getting started. He's a proficient marksman and comfortable with the idea that he's responsible for his own protection. That all changed the first time a stranger attempted to "pick up his daughter" from school. (Insert worst imaginable scenario possible here.) The incident was only averted by him unexpectedly coming back to school because she had left her backpack in the car. He's had private security guards for his family while they are at home in McAllen since then and has spent a great deal of time teaching them self defense skills.
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"Above all that, President Obama mocks people who want greater border security."

That's because he and the Dems benefit from illegal immigration. Get them over the border, get them immediately on government benefits, then sit back and watch them vote Dem. It's illegal, but since when did Dems care a whit for legality? The whole party is best seen as an organized crime syndicate.
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My, how time flies! OR maybe it's just the difference in perspective between a business visitor and a resident.

Back in 2000, I spent a lot of time in McAllen, and in general, the Rio Grande Wide Flat Region Bizarrely Known As A Valley.

I didn't feel unsafe anywhere, at any time.

Isn't it great how our border security has improved since 9-11?



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