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NPT Capitol: Shapleigh clarifies “10,000” remark to KVIA

shapleigh1Last night, Senator Shapleigh clarified remarks made at a committee hearing regarding 10,000 people fleeing Juarez into El Paso.

A spokesperson for Shapleigh told NPT that number by no means represented an official count and was an estimate, based on conversation the Senator had had with real estate and business professionals.

Yesterday afternoon, Shapleigh told the Senate Transportation and Homeland Security, “My estimate is 10,000 people have moved from Juarez into El Paso. These are those that have the means to do so, who live and work in that region. There are 140,000 Ameicans that live in Juarez and there are 4,000 that communte form El Paso into Juarez everyday.”

Our news partners at ABC7/ followed up on the remark after NPT blogged it yesterday.

El Paso Mayor John Cook told KVIA, “I’m not really sure where the Senator got his information. When we’ve heard these rumors before that there’s been mass exoduses of people fleeing the drug wars in Juarez, we try to find out if there’s any truth to that and I haven’t been able to confirm it.”

You can watch ABC7’s report here

You can watch archived footage of the committee hearing here. Shapleigh begins speaking 121 minutes and 20 seconds into the hearing.


Written by newspapertreeelpaso

February 26, 2009 at 10:22 am

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  1. It seems like the school districts could provide some information on the issue. Are new students from Juarez enrolling? How many and where?


    February 26, 2009 at 12:21 pm

  2. You would probably get more information from the El Paso Apartment Association or El Paso Housing authoirity there reords should have statisticial information as to where someone is from.


    February 26, 2009 at 1:22 pm

  3. Although the number may not be accurate, the fact remains that people with the means to come over from Juarez are doing so as fast as they can. The City should be trying to figure out what the next step is going to be with regards to infrastructural needs as well as a contingency plans in case the violence spills over in to El Paso. I think the City Leaders are not paying as much attention as is warrated, to this gravely serious problem. I applaud Senator Shapleigh’s efforts in bring this issue to the fore front of public attention. City Leaders should follow his example and not bury their heads in the ground, the time to act is NOW.

    Juan Sandoval

    February 26, 2009 at 1:50 pm

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