NOGALES, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) – Three Arizona border mayors are calling on Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu to tone down his rhetoric when describing border crime along the border. But if that was their intent, it didn't work. The letter they sent to Sheriff Babeu did more to spark a war of words then to create dialogue that aims to discuss border security.
In their letter, the mayors including Arturo Garino of Nogales, Juan Escamilla of San Luis and Dr. Michael Gomez of Douglas, claim Sheriff Babeu's "misstatements" are causing those who live and travel to the border to "fear for their safety."
Garino drafted the letter with the support from the other two mayors. In response to previous claims made by Sheriff Babeu, Garino denies border crime along the border is out of control.
"This is not a war zone," said Garino.
Nine On Your Side Reporter Steve