Illegal perceptions and border paranoia

Yes, what a difference a few years makes. In March 2011, Janet Napolitano made her screed about What border problems? — paraphrasing the titan of mistruth.

Remember when she uttered

“There is a perception that the border is worse now than it ever has been. That is wrong. The border is better now than it ever has been,” she said.

And El Paso Mayor John Cook said:

“The lie about border cities being dangerous has been told so many times that people are starting to believe it, but we as border communities have to speak out.”

Then she closed her case, right in El Paso, with this:

Numbers are in the right direction and dramatically so,” she said.

Still, she stressed that she didn’t come to El Paso “to run a victory lap” and that there “is much work to do.” — NBC reported.

Numbers in the right direction? That now would seem almost like a Freudian slip. My my, those skyrocketing numbers — in the right direction — especially since comrade Zero began exercising his executive pen. Now another border agent is murdered, and the family is even denied access to the arraignment.

Then, Napolitano said:

The perception that the violence in Mexico has spilled over to bordering U.S. cities is “wrong again,” Napolitano said. Violent crime rates have remained flat or decreased in border communities in the Southwest, she said.

That was also the same time that they were withdrawing the National Guard that were to shore up the border. Now what do we know about that time frame? How does this fit in with what happened in the last couple years? “Alex, I’ll take perception for a 100,000”.

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