"The federal government?s top border official, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin, fought back this week against heightened criticism of President Obama?s border security policy, saying the present-day border is more secure than ever. At the same conference, U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-El Paso, responded to Gov. Rick Perry's bid for the White House by telling a reporter, ?I have to go to the bathroom and throw up.? The congressman has long been a critic of what he says is Perry's misrepresentation of the border as a lawless territory." Julian Aguilar, Texas Tribune, Aug. 17, 2011.