"An extensive July 2011 analysis of crime data from Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico by USA Today found that "violent crime rates were on average lower in cities within 30, 50 and 100 miles of the border ? the distances used to fit various definitions of the 'border region.'" Border cities in Texas were no exception. Perry's comments have angered El Paso's lawmakers and business leaders who have consistently disputed what they claim is political fear-mongering. "It's incredibly frustrating to have the governor of our state use the national stage to denigrate our community," El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar told the El Paso Times after the debate. "We are not unsafe. Every time he says that, it hurts us." We have a request for comment into the governor's office and will update this post when we hear back." Julian Aguilar, Texas Tribune, Sept. 8, 2011.