Border City Mayor Praises Mexico After Homicide Charges Drop

Mayor Victor Trevino of Laredo, Texas, counseled Mexican officers amid new information that exhibits murder charges in a number of border communities fell under the nationwide common final yr.

Trevino, who was sworn in as mayor in December, advised Newsweek that cooperation from Mexico has performed an enormous issue within the decline of homicides and unlawful immigrants in his city.

“This success is a results of being one of many solely cities on the border that work collaboratively with our Mexican counterparts, in our sister metropolis of Nuevo Laredo, to attenuate crime and guarantee safety in each our communities,” Trevino mentioned Thursday.

“The Mayor of Nuevo Laredo and I converse ceaselessly and have a relationship premised on mutual respect. We strongly imagine that as a result of we’re intertwined in commerce, historical past and tradition, what impacts one group, impacts one other.”

A U.S. Border Patrol agent supervises as immigrants stroll into america after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico on September 30, 2023, in Eagle Move, Texas. Eagle Move and Laredo have been amongst eight border communities that noticed a decrease murder price, on common, than the nationwide common in 2022.
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Laredo, which is on the banks of the Rio Grande in southern Texas, is the biggest inland port on the border and the third-most populous American metropolis on the U.S.-Mexico border after San Diego and El Paso.

Crime information launched by the FBI on Monday discovered that the murder charges in eight border cities, together with Laredo, have been decrease than the nationwide common. Laredo noticed a lower in violent crime, though the violent crime price within the eight communities mixed was barely above the nationwide common.

The figures come as distinguished Republicans proceed to rail in opposition to the Biden administration on immigration and the border, elevating alarms that the variety of migrants arriving from the south is threatening public security for a lot of border communities.

Trevino mentioned whereas there are nonetheless areas alongside the border that require extra sources and patrolling, he finds that a few of the criticism and border disaster feedback to be “not productive and overexaggerated.” On the identical time, he burdened that U.S. officers proceed to work with their Mexican counterparts to make sure that the cities stay protected and immigration numbers decline.

“Mexico’s cooperation and collaboration is completely important, however the engagement requires mutual respect, sources and joint operations to cease the cartels from working and persevering with the human trafficking and drug smuggling on the border,” he mentioned.

Two and a half years after President Joe Biden took workplace and rolled again Trump-era immigration insurance policies, migrant encounters have continued to climb.

Greater than 2.8 million migrants have encountered U.S. authorities between January and August, an uptick from the two.7 million from final yr, a determine that means the numbers are on monitor to considerably exceed these recorded in 2022. Fox Information reported final month that September, which is the final month of the 2023 fiscal yr, hit a document for the best variety of encounters in a month.

Within the early days of the border disaster, Laredo had been one of many cities that noticed a big improve in migrants.

“The [Biden] administration and, I assume, the messaging—one thing is bringing extra younger individuals in. I assume extra individuals general. You may’t get away from that. I imply, there’s nonetheless extra [people] coming,” former Mayor Pete Saenz, Trevino’s predecessor, advised Newsweek in March 2021. “Sure, we do have asylum legal guidelines, however perhaps the asylum regulation must be modified for the protection of everybody.”

A yr later, Saenz was nonetheless expressing his concern over the state of affairs on the border, telling Newsweek issues had “really gotten worse” by July 2022. He mentioned he was notably dissatisfied by Biden’s resolution to scrap the enlargement plans that former President Donald Trump had budgeted for the native checkpoint.

“It is apparent that they need much less restrictions for these migrants,” Saenz mentioned, “So be it, however the funds, use of personnel….All I see is only a want that hasn’t been crammed but.”

Requested concerning the present state of affairs in Laredo, Trevino mentioned that the productive relationship between native officers and their Mexican counterparts has led to Port Laredo having “one of many lowest unlawful border crossings within the nation.”