According to a CNSNews article the five most crime ridden U.S. Judicial Districts are all on the Mexican border. The article states that the measurement of this statistic is based on the number of criminal defendants charged with federal crimes by U.S. Attorneys for fiscal year 2009.
These five judicial districts cover the U.S.-Mexico border from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean. In the Southern District of Texas which is ranked the nations number 1 for most criminal defendants, covers a stretch of border from Brownsville past Laredo. In this district the U.S. attorney’s office filed criminal charges against 8,801 defendants in fiscal 2009. This is four times more than in the Southern District of New York, which includes Manhattan and the Bronx, and six times the 1,377 in the Eastern District of New York that includes Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island.
The No. 2 district in the nation for the most criminal defendants is the Western District of Texas, which covers the rest of the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas. The U.S. attorney here filed charges against 8,435 defendants in 2009. Finally, rounding out the top five are the districts for Southern California (5,554 defendants charged), Arizona (5,155) and New Mexico (3,769).
What this all means is that our government is not doing its job of defending our nation’s border with Mexico. According to the Justice Department’s own numbers, federal crime is dramatically disproportionate along that border compared to the rest of the United States.
The report also shows that 33 percent of federal convictions were in immigration cases and 32 percent in drug cases. Violence along the border of the United States and Mexico has increased dramatically during recent years. The violence is mostly from Mexican drug cartels working with several gangs. Mexican drug trafficking organizations represent the greatest organized crime threat to the United States and the influence of Mexican drug trafficking organizations over domestic drug trafficking.