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US-Mexico border isn't so dangerous

MEXICO CITY (AP) - It's 1 of the safest parts of America, and it's getting safer.Even as politicians say more federal troops are needed at the U.S.-Mexico border to fight rising violence, government data obtained by The Associated Press show it actually isn't that dangerous.According to a new FBI report, 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.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. The study says 3% of Border Patrol agents and officers were assaulted last year, compared with 11% of police officers and sheriff's deputies.A spokesman for Gov. Bill Richardson, who has ordered the National Guard to patrol the border, says the Democrat is concerned about "the potential for drug cartel violence spilling over the border."

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