National Call-in Conference Tuesday, Re: Poll


For Planning Purposes Only                                      Contact: Katherine Vargas (National)

Friday, August 6th, 2010                                                           (202) 641-5198

Louie Gilot (Texas)

(915) 274-0541


TUESDAY 8/10 AT 1:30 P.M. ET/11:30 A.M. MT

1-800-895-1085, PASSWORD: 7BORDER**


El Paso Group Orders First Opinion Poll of Border Residents on Safety

El Paso, TX – The current political rhetoric about security at the U.S. Mexico border paints a chaotic situation at the border. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer spoke of “murder, terror and mayhem” on the border and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) justified deploying the National Guard to “secure our border and allow (our citizens) to lead lives where they not live in fear.”

Yet statistics tell a different story. Government statistics clearly show the border is one of the safest areas in the nation and that violence and crime on the U.S. border with Mexico are generally on the decline.

But what do people who live there think? The Border Network for Human Rights decided to find out by commissioning the first opinion poll of border residents from San Diego to Brownsville, asking them: Do you feel safe living on the border? The results of the poll will be released at a telephonic press conference on Tuesday, August 10.

The poll was conducted by El Paso polling firm Reuel Group. The poll of 1,222 border residents conducted in three Arizona border cities (Douglas, Nogales and Yuma), two California border cities (El Centro and San Diego), Las Cruces, New Mexico, and four Texas border cities (Brownsville, El Paso, Laredo and McAllen) .

WHAT: Telephonic Press Conference Releasing New Opinion Poll of Border Residents on Safety

WHEN: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. ET, 11:30 a.m. MT

WHO: Arizona State Rep. Kyrsten Sinema

El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles

Russell Autry, Pollster, Reuel Group

Fernando García, Executive Director, Border Network for Human Rights

HOW: Dial 1-800-895-1085 or 785-424-1055 for cell phone users. Passcode: 7BRIEF


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