San Diego is America's safest city, but Republicans keep claiming that the US-Mexican border is responsible for "gangs, drugs, human trafficking and massive crime"

San Diego and Tijuana are practically a single city, separated by a border, which Donald Trump wants to close, claiming that "The most important way to stop gangs, drugs, human trafficking and massive crime is at our Southern Border."

White supremacist Tucker Carlson, who grew up near the San Diego/Tijuana border-crossing at San Ysidro, blames immigration for making America "poorer and dirtier and more divided."

San Diego is America's safest large city.

And it's not an exception: other safer-than-average US cities include the border towns of El Paso, San Antonio, and Phoenix.

Reality has such a left-wing bias.

San Diego is poised to end 2018 with 1.9 murders per 100,000 residents, compared to 23.1 per 100,000 in Indianapolis and 51.7 per 100,000 in Baltimore. That means a resident of Indianapolis is 12 times more likely to be murdered, a resident of Baltimore 27 times.

If the border crisis is real, wouldn't the crime rate in San Diego reflect that? If illegal immigration is the existential threat that President Trump and conservative Republicans say it is, wouldn't there be evidence in San Diego? Wouldn't MS-13 gang members and drug traffickers be shooting people in downtown San Diego? Slashing hard working citizens in San Ysidro? Terrorizing the streets of La Jolla?

Opinion: If There's a Crisis on The Border, Why Is San Diego So Safe? [Chris Jennewein/Times of San Diego]

(via Mitch Wagner)

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