In advance of the Trump administration’s roll-out of their immigration framework, and a few days after the bipartisan Graham-Durbin immigration bill was introduced, President Trump tweeted several times about the dangers of our southern border.
So is our southern border extremely dangerous? Surprisingly, no.
Living on the Mexico side of the border is generally unsafe, depending on the area. But crime statistics show that the U.S. side of the southern border is actually quite safe. In fact, it’s far safer than similar communities further away from the border, according to the Wilson Center, a non-partisan U.S. research organization that researches U.S./Mexico border safety.
Click HERE for their 2013 report.
Click HERE for the summary of their upcoming 2018 report.
Dr. Michelle Martin is a social worker, policy specialist and Assistant Professor at California State University, Fullerton in the Department of Social Work, where she teaches social welfare policy, and researches dynamics related to immigrants, political asylum-seekers, refugees and other displaced populations.