It’s one of the safest parts of America, and it’s getting safer.
It’s the U.S.-Mexico border, and even as politicians say more federal troops are needed to fight rising violence, government data obtained by The Associated Press show it actually isn’t so dangerous after all.
The top four big cities in America with the lowest rates of violent crime are all in border states: San Diego, Phoenix, El Paso and Austin, according to a new FBI report. And an in-house Customs and Border Protection report shows that Border Patrol agents face far less danger than street cops in most U.S. cities.
This is an interesting story, and it highlights the reality that almost everything people believe about immigration is wrong. Among those:
(1) That illegal immigration causes crime.
(2) That illegal immigrants don’t pay taxes.
(3) That immigrants today are assimilating more slowly than past immigrants.
Yes, there are some illegals who commit violent crimes, and there are some communities that suffer a disproportionate burden of dealing with undocumented aliens, and yes, some immigrants don’t learn English. But what we have here is a classic example of how the plural of anecdote is not data.