The Associated Press looked at crime data available from the FBI, and though drug cartels are fighting in Mexico's northern states, the U.S. side is actually pretty safe, the wire service says.
The top four big cities in America with the lowest rates of violent crime are all in border states: San Diego, Phoenix, El Paso and Austin, according to a new FBI report. And an in-house Customs and Border Protection report shows that Border Patrol agents face far less danger than street cops in most U.S. cities.
But there are areas where there is genuine concern. The Border Patrol says its agents have faced increased attacks near Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley. And there have been a couple of high-profile murders related to border jumping, including the slaying of rancher Robert Krentz in Arizona.