â€œThe border is often painted in an unfair light,â€ said Congressman Henry Cuellar. â€œThe people who characterize the border as a violent and crime-ridden place often have never visited or lived here.”
Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) released the latest statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) which show lower violent crime rates, including homicide, rape, aggravated assault and robbery, in cities along the Texas-Mexico border than in other major metropolitan areas across Texas and the United States. The data released by the FBI shows information gathered for 2015.
â€œThe border is often painted in an unfair light,â€ said Congressman Henry Cuellar. â€œThe people who characterize the border as a violent and crime-ridden place often have never visited or lived here. The FBIâ€™s official crime statistics, for yet another year, demonstrate that the border is home to some of the safest cities in the United States. Violent crimes like murder and aggravated assault are much higher even in our nationâ€™s capital than on the Texas border. These unfounded stereotypes about the border have the potential to hurt business and we need to stop this misinformation about the border.â€
The latest FBI crime statistics (2015) show:
- The murder rates in Detroit and Washington, D.C., were more than twice the murder rates in Laredo, McAllen, Brownsville and El Paso combined.The aggravated assault rate was significantly lower in border cities compared to other Texas and U.S. cities. Detroitâ€™s aggravated assault rate was almost 19 times the rate in McAllen, Texas. Washington, D.C., was more than 10 times the rate of McAllen.
- The murder rates in Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio were more than twice the murder rate of Laredo, McAllen, Brownsville and El Paso, respectively.
- The robbery rates in border cities were less than half of the rates in Detroit and Washington, D.C., and significantly lower than Dallas or Houston.
- The rape rate was significantly lower, often by half or more, in Brownsville and McAllen than in most major cities in Texas, and in major cities like Chicago, Washington and Detroit
Related: Surveillance Over The BorderÂ