Border Mayors to Sheriff Paul Babeu: Tone it Down a Bit, Brah *UPDATED*

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Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's pissing off mayors of border cities.
UPDATE: Click here to see Babeu's response to the border mayors' letter.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's making a pretty nice career out of being the face of the immigration debate in Arizona, but several mayors of border cities are asking that he tone down some of the rhetoric. Turns out, scaring the shit out of people by telling them violence spilling over the border is imminent is bad for business.

Earlier this month, Babeu said he predicts an armed showdown in the desert between law enforcement agencies and drug cartels -- a claim contrary to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's assertion that the border is safer than ever.

See a Fox 10 interview with Babeu below.


A lot of people aren't buying into Babeu's hype -- including the mayors of Nogales, Douglas, and San Luis, who sent the sheriff a letter telling him to tone it down.

In the February 9, letter, first obtained by the Arizona Daily Star, mayors Arturo Garino of Nogales, Michael Gomez, of Douglas, and Juan Escamilla, of San Luis, the mayors warn that Babeu's comments are hurting business in their cities.

They ask Babeu to "not cultivate a culture of fear" in the Grand Canyon State that "may keep national media coming to Arizona" but, in reality, is hurting the economies of border cities.

See an excerpt of the letter below:

"As Mayors of border communities from Arizona, we would appreciate it if you would not cultivate a culture of fear in our state and to start being accurate about border security. While your misstatements about efforts to keep communities along the U.S.-Mexico border may keep national media coming to Arizona, at the same time your consistent inaccuracies hurt cities and towns like ours by causing those who live and travel to the border to fear for their safety when in our communities. This damages our economy - driving visitors away and leaving our businesses and residents to suffer. The facts show that violent crime is down or
remains flat in our border region as we are sure it is in your area as well. In 2002 it peaked at 742 per 100,000 residents but has since drastically dropped to 219 per 100,000 in 2009 (per the F.B.I. Uniform Crime Reports Program).


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CSM
CSM

I was stationed at Fort Huachuca when Babeu was on the border with his unit. The command staff at Huachuca concerned him a joke. Maybe this is why he was not promoted.

Heywood_James
Heywood_James

Where's McCain? I thought those two walked the border...that "there was a plan." I guess it got McCain reelected and that was what was important.

Haven't heard from McCain on this critical situation. That leaves Janet has to fill in with her silly comments to make up for John and the silly comments he would be making.

SouthTxGent
SouthTxGent

You people better hope he is wrong and with those three mayors, that's pretty much all you have. They are nothing but bureaucrats that bought Napolitano's assertion lock, stock AND barrel which does absolutely nothing to aid law enforcement, whether it is local, county, state or federal. Why should he tone it down? He's obviously attracting all of this attention in the hopes of getting more help from someone....ANYone because all he's going to get from Janet is double-talk and Obama-ese BS about how safe our borders are. Your border in AZ and mine here in South Texas are way too porous and need to be better controlled, period.

Shernandez69
Shernandez69

there is not any doubt that mr. Baubeu is wrong on his assertions about the situation of security in the border, and any decent person understand that. but he is getting attention from missinformed people that are easy to manipulate.

Jdledford
Jdledford

They better listen to this guy.

NorthAdamsReruns
NorthAdamsReruns

Yeah, only in Pinal, where Babeu invented and uses the term "foreign-born criminal" for those (Mexicans) that are lawfully here and cross his path. Messed him up, since he thought the only criminals here were illegals. Sorry, this ain't Massachusetts and (calm down) we aren't your kids at Desisto.

Lone Wolf 1492 A.D.
Lone Wolf 1492 A.D.

Let's face it. Sheriff P-Bamboon of Pinal County is clearly suffering from an extreme case of Xenophobia. Where the Mexicans are the boogie men.

vic
vic

Actually he is suffering from a bad case of Fame*I*tis along with an enlarged ego.

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