U.S. communities along the Mexico border are among the safest in America, with some border cities holding crime rates well below the national average, according to FBI statistics gathered by Axios race and justice reporter Russell Contreras.
- Why it matters: FBI crime data from 2019 contradicts the narrative by President Trump and others that the U.S.-Mexico border is a “lawless” region suffering from violence and mayhem.
Crime in U.S. border cities remains low even though sister cities in Mexico are among the most dangerous in North America because of cartel violence.
- From Brownsville, Texas, to San Diego, safe border cities have majority-Hispanic populations and poverty rates above the national average.
- An Axios analysis of crime data from 11 border communities found that all had a lower violent crime rate than Sioux Falls, S.D.
Reality check: Violent crime has been dropping in El Paso since 1993 and was at historic lows before a border fence was authorized by Congress in 2006.