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Posted: Sep 10, 2012 2:01 AM

Updated: Sep 10, 2012 2:02 AM

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) A difference of opinion is forming over the problem of crime along the Texas borderlands near Mexico.

Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, a Republican who's running for lieutenant governor, has a state-operated website portraying the Texas borderlands as a violent, dangerous place. ProtectYourTexasBorder.com aims to pressure federal officials into putting more security assets along the border, a keynote of Texas Republicans.

McAllen police and Hidalgo County sheriff's officials, though, cite crime statistics that show a precipitous drop in violent crime. The Monitor of McAllen (http://bit.ly/O6fN80) reports the 2011 crime report for McAllen, a border city, hit a 21-year low with a dramatic decrease in auto theft. Hidalgo County, where McAllen is situated, reported its second-lowest crime rate in 15 years with a 21.9 percent decline in violent crime.

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Information from: The Monitor, http://www.themonitor.com

Topics: Border Crime Debate

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