Presidio Mayor Supports Increased Border Security 7/3/13
July 3, 2013
Presidio mayor John Ferguson says despite the stereotypes of recent violence in Mexico his town is safe.
In fact Ferguson rides around the town of 5,000 in a scooter. Even though he considers Presidio safe, he supports an increase in border security proposed by the Immigration Reform Bill.
"I just feel like they're doing their job and so again if they feel like it's something they need to do I don't see it as a problem," he said.
The ACLU says the bill would effectively militarize the border which could hurt border towns Presidio. Police chief Marco Baeza doesn't think the impact will be that profound as long as the tightened security doesn't hinder business.
"And we tend to forget the other aspect, the commerce, the need to come back and forth," he said.
People in Ojinaga cross the border every day to come shopping in Presidio and members of the community say they hope this flow of people doesn't stop if there's increased border security.
"People come in all day. It's busy here," said Priscilla Torres, a store clerk.
Ferguson says the two cities are so closely linked that his daughter dates a boy in Ojinaga.
And as long as that bond remains he says increased border security won't hurt his town