Yes, that’s right: along with a 30 percent increase in population during the last decade of the 20th Century, counties along the USA border with Mexico experienced a 30 percent decrease in crime rates. These are the findings of a report from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Crime and Law Enforcement Since 1990:
crime in southwest border counties has dropped a dramatic 30 percent. Property crimes were down 40 percent between 1990 and 2000 and violent crimes, among the lowest in the nation making up only 12 percent of all crimes, dropped 29 percent in the same decade.
Border county crime rates place the region as 16th, as a 51st state, for both violent crimes and the federal crime index.
Border counties report the largest number of federal offenses creating a 1st ranking as a 51st state, primarily as a result of drug and immigration arrests by federal agencies.
Border prosecutors accept many cases from federal prosecutors, but are not fully funded to handle these cases.
Federal arrests in U.S. District Courts in border counties are two times more likely to involve immigration offenses than other crimes.