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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Maybe this answers the burning question: Where have you gone, German Jimenez?

From an AP Story earlier this month:

US-Mexico border isn't so dangerous

It's the U.S.-Mexico border, and even as politicians say more federal troops are needed to fight rising violence, government data obtained by The Associated Press show it actually isn't so dangerous after all.

An in-house Customs and Border Protection report shows that Border Patrol agents face far less danger than street cops in most U.S. cities.

The study shows 3 percent of Border Patrol agents and officers were assaulted last year, mostly when assailants threw rocks at them. That compares with 11 percent of police officers and sheriff's deputies assaulted during the same period, usually with guns or knives.

"The border is safer now than it's ever been," said U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Lloyd Easterling.

He also said that illegal immigration has dropped. And responding to security concerns after 9-11, the Border Patrol has doubled the number of agents in the region since 2004.

So maybe that's why major-league pitchers from Mexico, like Yovani Gallardo and Jaime Garcia are doing so well. They go to the border for their off-season training. Or maybe we can hope that's where Oliver Perez of the Mets, who lately couldn't hit the broad side of the fat lady who is singing about his career, will go next.

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