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    'Dangerous' Border: Actually One of America's Safest Places

    Time Magazine's spin.

    The 'Dangerous' Border: Actually One of America's Safest Places
    By Tim Padgett Friday, Jul. 30, 2010

    A U.S. border-patrol agent on duty near Campo, 60 miles east of San Diego, Calif.

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    When U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton ruled on Wednesday that key provisions of Arizona's new anti-immigration law were unconstitutional, she could have also declared them unnecessary. That is, if the main impetus behind the controversial legislation was, as Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said when she signed it in April, "border-related violence and crime due to illegal immigration." The fact is, despite the murderous mayhem raging across the border in Mexico, the U.S. side, from San Diego to Brownsville, Texas, is one of the nation's safest corridors.

    According to the FBI, the four large U.S. cities (with populations of at least 500,000) with the lowest violent crime rates — San Diego, Phoenix and the Texas cities of El Paso and Austin — are all in border states. "The border is safer now than it's ever been," U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Lloyd Easterling told the Associated Press last month. Even Larry Dever, the sheriff of Arizona's Cochise County, where the murder last March of a local rancher, believed to have been committed by an illegal immigrant, sparked calls for the law, conceded to the Arizona Republic recently that "we're not seeing the [violent crime] that's going on on the other side."
    (See photos of the Great Wall of America.)

    Consider Arizona itself — whose illegal-immigrant population is believed to be second only to California's. The state's overall crime rate dropped 12% last year; between 2004 and 2008 it plunged 23%. In the metro area of its largest city, Phoenix, violent crime — encompassing murder, rape, assault and robbery — fell by a third during the past decade and by 17% last year. The border city of Nogales, an area rife with illegal immigration and drug trafficking, hasn't logged a single murder in the past two years.
    (See pictures of immigration detention in Arizona.)

    It is true that Phoenix has in recent years seen a spate of kidnappings. But in almost every case they've involved drug traffickers targeting other narcos for payment shakedowns, and the 318 abductions reported last year were actually down 11% from 2008. Either way, the figure hardly makes Phoenix, as Arizona Senator John McCain claimed last month, "the No. 2 kidnapping capital of the world" behind Mexico City. A number of Latin American capitals can claim that dubious distinction.
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    An even more telling example is El Paso. Its cross-border Mexican sister city, Ciudad Juárez, suffered almost 2,700 murders last year, most of them drug-related, making it possibly the world's most violent town. But El Paso, a stone's throw across the Rio Grande, had just one murder. A big reason, say U.S. law-enforcement officials, is that the Mexican drug cartels' bloody turf wars generally end at the border and don't follow the drugs into the U.S. Another, says El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles, is that "the Mexican cartels know that if they try to commit that kind of violence here, they'll get shut down."
    (See photos of Mexico's drug wars.)

    Which points to perhaps the most important factor: the U.S. has real cops — not criminals posing as cops, as is so often the case in Mexico — policing the border's cities and states. Americans and Mexicans may call their border region "seamless" when it comes to commerce and culture, but that brotherly ideal doesn't apply to law enforcement. That's especially true since state and local police are backed along the border by the thousands of federal agents deployed there. Thus the tough Arizona law — which seeks to allow local and state police to check a person's immigration status, a provision that Judge Bolton agreed opened the door to racial profiling by officers, and requires immigrants to carry their documents at all times — was sparked by largely unfounded fears.

    Arizona law-enforcement officials say they believe the Cochise County rancher, Robert Krentz, was killed by an illegal immigrant — perhaps a coyote, or migrant smuggler — or a drug trafficker. His last radio transmission home as he inspected his property indicated he was helping a struggling person he believed to be one of the migrants who regularly trespass private land while crossing into the U.S. But while such assaults are hardly unheard of along the border — and while it's hardly irrational to worry about Mexico's violence eventually spilling into the U.S. — they have hardly risen to a level that justified the draconian Arizona bill. (In fact, if an illegal immigrant did murder Krentz, it would be the first time in more than a decade that a migrant has killed an American along the border's Tucson, Ariz., sector.)

    "There's a real disconnect between emotions and facts when it comes to the border," says El Paso city councilman Beto O'Rourke. "You've got a lot of politicians exploiting this fear that the Mexicans are coming over to kill us."

    The Arizona law, which Judge Bolton also said infringed on federal jurisdiction, may be a product of border bluster. But it has more than succeeded in getting Washington's attention. Even though the Obama Administration was one of the plaintiffs in the suit against the law, the President is sending 1,200 more National Guard troops to the region this weekend. What's more, our broken immigration system — and the federal government's feckless failure to address it — is a front-burner issue again.

    The nation's border is actually a safe place. The nation's debate about it, at least politically, is anything but.

    See the Arizona Democrats' stance on immigration.

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    Ugh. There is no source of real news. No source of truth. I am just waiting for some lawsuits against the profession of journalism - from we, the people. OFF TO THE GULAG FOR YOU!

    The sad fact is that reality and truth are all frighteningly subjective - I guess until your A$$ hits the pavement. Then the stupid spin stops.

    Here we have the Spawn of Spin. Not as professional in their pretense of objectiveness.
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    I'll GIVE this idiot my tent a sleeping bag, lantern and cooler IF he parks his butt on Robert Krentz's for a week! Then tell me again how safe it is...

    As Bugs would say "what a maroon"...

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    Ah yes, the border is lollipops and candy canes. From the coasts of California all the way through Texas a peaceful Renaissance of euphoria.
    Ignorant Jack Ass, oh yea ...where children and donkeys play without a care.
    Only lolipops and candy canes to share.

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    Talk to the people in Laredo, better yet this jerk should take his family on a weeks vacation there.

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    Yea and what about the other big cities like Houston? What does it's crime stats look like?

    HOUSTON FBI Violent Crime Stats
    Population 2,273,771
    2008 24,779
    2009 25,593

    Really, there are some faulty conclusions in the article.
    The FBI collected the crime data from more than 13,000 law enforcement agencies around the country.
    Note: The above report doesn't even have crime stats for Chicago or the state of New Mexico.

    More on this issue:
    WASHINGTON, May 24, 2010
    FBI Says Violent Crime Rate Down Again
    Murder, Robbery, Assault and Rape Cumulatively Decline 5.5% in 2009 Compared to Previous Year, Preliminary Data Show ... 4022.shtml
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    Lies, Damn Lies and STATISTICS!
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    But El Paso, a stone's throw across the Rio Grande, had just one murder. A big reason, say U.S. law-enforcement officials, is that the Mexican drug cartels' bloody turf wars generally end at the border and don't follow the drugs into the U.S.
    El Paso is so safe that it's city hall was struck by bullets fired in Mexico.
    "A Nation of sheep will beget a government of Wolves" -Edward R. Murrow

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