Border areas—and Border Patrol agents—are relatively safe

From the Tuscon Weekly:

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano chose El Paso, Texas, as the site for a major speech on the matter, a place recognized by crime statisticians as the safest large city in the country. You read that correctly—right across the river from Ciudad Juarez, the most dangerous city in Mexico, you’ll find the safest city in the United States.

Even Border Patrol agents who work in the so-called invasion zone are far safer than the average cop on the beat. Agent [Brian] Terry was the first in 12 years to die in the line of duty, and just the 10th in the past century—only three of whom were murdered.

In fact, immigrants—including those who are undocumented—commit crimes at a rate that is a small fraction of that of U.S. citizens. This is due at least in part to the fact that immigrants risk much more than the usual fines or jail time associated with a crime: They also risk deportation and the loss of their American Dream. Given that more than 2,000 undocumented migrants have perished chasing that dream across the border, and many thousands more are targeted by smugglers and bandits every year, they are far more likely to be victims than perpetrators.

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