Two recent news reports highlight the crucial importance of secure borders. First, the good news: for the eighth year in a row, San Diego tallied the lowest murder rate of America’s biggest cities; only 35 people lost their lives to homicide in 2018.
But at the same time, the closest major city suffered more killings in a weekend than San Diego experienced all year. Tijuana, Mexico, is similar in population to its neighbor to the north – about 1.5 million for both Pacific Coast cities. But Tijuana, devastated by gangs and drug cartels, lost 2,600 lives to murder last year, with arguably the highest homicide rate on earth.
The distance between America’s safest city to the bloodiest town anywhere is just 21 miles—but fortunately, there’s a well-guarded border. Radical Democrats who want to erase national boundaries, or decriminalize illegal border crossings, should remember this tale of two cities.