Border mayors: Closing border would be 'security theater'

Border mayors: Closing border would be 'security theater'
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A group of elected officials from the Texas-Mexico border is criticizing Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGOP lawmakers praise Trump for Taiwan call Trump defends Taiwan call: President called me Bergdahl asks Obama for pardon MORE's call to "close up" borders following Tuesday's terrorist attacks in Brussels.

"Closing our land border with Mexico would be a ridiculous staging of security theater: the practice of false efforts intended to provide the feeling of improved security while doing little or nothing to actually achieve it," the Texas Border Coalition (TBC) said Tuesday in a release. 

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"The story of the men and women protecting the Southwest border is a success story: seizing more currency, drugs, and weapons than ever. The Southwest border security team needs more resources, not false efforts that harm morale and the economy."

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria claimed responsibility for the attacks, which killed at least 34 people and injured more than 100.

Trump repeated his call to tighten U.S. borders in media appearances Tuesday morning after the attacks. 

“We have to be very, very vigilant with who we let into this country,” he said on Fox & Friends.” 

"I will tell you I’ve been talking about this for a long time. This whole thing will get worse as time goes by."

His presidential rivals joined the TBC in censuring Trump on Tuesday. 

Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonDemocrats miss warning signs, even in blue Maryland Robert Gates doesn't expect job in Trump administration Dean drops out of DNC chairmanship race MORE said that "it's unrealistic to say that we're going to completely shut down our borders to everyone." 

GOP candidate Ted CruzTed CruzLewandowski: Top Cruz aide advised Trump team before NH primary Five reasons why Donald Trump could be the 'Greatest Communicator' Victims of Nazi Art theft need Congress to HEAR MORE criticized Trump's call on Monday to defund NATO, saying it was "striking" that the city where NATO is headquartered would be "the subject of a radical Islamic terrorist attack." 

According to government figures, at least $1 billion of goods pass through the southern border each day.