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Border mayors ask Pinal sheriff to tone it down

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu (File Photo)

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu (File Photo)

The mayors of three Arizona border cities are asking Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu to tone down his comments about border security problems.

The mayors of Nogales, San Luis and Douglas say the statements are hurting their towns.

In a letter sent to the sheriff, the mayors say they would appreciate it if Babeu would refrain from cultivating a culture of fear.

KOLD-TV reports the mayors say Babeu’s statements on violent crime are driving visitors away and causing others to fear for their safety.

Babeu’s department issued a statement Tuesday saying Pinal County has a serious public safety threat due to an unsecured border with Mexico.

The sheriff describes the situation as a dangerous national security threat.

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