Thursday, October 20, 2022

Border Facts That Might Surprise You

As the midterm elections near, immigration has been a recurring campaign issue.  Much has been much said in particular about the "crisis" and lawlessness along the U/S/Mexico border.  Here are two facts worth remembering.

Fact: On average, cities along the U.S.-Mexico border have lower violent crime rates than similar-size U.S. communities, reports Russell Contreras of Axios. According to 2021 FBI data, Brownsville, McAllen, Laredo, Eagle Pass and El Paso in Texas, Sunland Park in New Mexico, Yuma in Arizona, and San Diego "had a violent crime rate of 333.6 per 100,000 residents, compared to 388.57 for the national average."  

Fact:  Fiona Harrigan of Reason reports that recent smuggling of the drug fentanyl at our southern border is primarily done by U.S. citizens — not undocumented immigrants. 


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