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 TrumpPentagon chief: War with North Korea would be ‘catastrophic’ Trump campaign likely didn’t save documents: report Trump: UK prime minister 'very angry' over Manchester leaks 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 ClintonGraham: Comey should be held accountable for acting on bad intel Hillary Clinton condemns 'racist abuse' in Portland attack Clinton returns to election night convention hall to talk about her new book MORE said that "it's unrealistic to say that we're going to completely shut down our borders to everyone." 

GOP candidate Ted CruzTed CruzFranken explains why he made an exception to diss Cruz in his book FEC faults Cruz on Goldman Sachs loans in rare unanimous vote CBO score underlines GOP tensions on ObamaCare repeal 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.